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Great actors, poor material

September 14, 2011 - Lee Smith
Sue me, but I did not enjoy the movie “Titanic” when it came out however many years ago. Long, drawn-out, disappointing. Over-hype perhaps.

The movie’s stars, Leo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, deserve some type of credit, I suppose, for charming those who were fans. And I know there were a lot.

Well, those of you who liked Titanic may want to see “Revolutionary Road,” in which the two stars were reunited. The movie was released in 2008. It’s nothing like Titanic, but the maturity and quality of the acting by DiCaprio and Winslet is evident.

While “Road” gives the two stars the opportunity to show off their outstanding ranges, it gives audiences little otherwise. The underlying theme seems to be that the lives of Americans (at work and home) are disappointing. And if life isn’t disappointing, then a person must be flawed.

Grim indeed, as is the movie’s end. It’s a 180 from the hopeful message of life and love in Titanic. It should be interesting for DiCaprio/Winslet fans to contemplate the distance.


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