Book vs. Film – Revolutionary Road



  • For the final breakfast scene. How does Yates capture that devastating, strained tension so perfectly with words?
  • For the important insight into the thoughts of some critical characters (notably Shep Campbell and Howard Givings)
  • The deceptions… Ask yourself, are you immune?

But the film puts up a jolly good fight.

13 responses

  1. I agree that the book wins, but the movie is definitely a great effort. I think it’s one of Leonardo DiCaprio’s best roles, but it seems like it’s a little overlooked.

    • Agree – not often that I feel a film is as/almost as good as the book but RR was perfectly cast. My only quibble with the film was right at the very end when April gets blood on the carpet – in the book it is clear that she makes sure this doesn’t happen.

  2. Hi Kate,
    I think most books win except to Twilight (first book). I read the book and thought ho-hum then saw the movie and thought was a great adaptation. Like most movies it was a short version however, it was really well filmed and had great influences of old vampire movies and made me go back and read the whole series.

    • Agree about Twilight – the books are crap (really, really crap…) but the movies are really, really good. It’s hard to create tension on the page (well, obviously it is for Meyer) but it works well in the films from Twilight.

  3. I read this book a few years ago and it was brilliant, but SO depressing. It haunted me for weeks. I haven’t seen the movie, but Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet look like they give some amazing performances.

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