Sunday, January 11, 2009
I've taken note of the fact that the word Revolutionary has swirled around me a bit in recent months: I'm crazy about the Cold Play song Viva La Vida (Live the Life) the lyrics speak of revolution, the CD cover depicting the French Revolution. And in the midst of this economic crisis, I wanted to understand more about economy, so I've been reading a book called "The First Wall Street" which details how the stock market began in Philadelphia due to the trading of the rebel armies IOU's after the Revolutionary War.
I so understood the reactions of their co-workers, neighbors and friends to their "plan". People don't want to be reminded to question their lives. And they certainly do not appreciate those that challenge the status quo.
I haven't read Richard Yates novel of the same name, but screen writer, Justin Haythe, will assuredly receive an Oscar nomination for his adaptation. Each scene relays its themes with clear intent and sharp dialogue. Very few flashbacks of the couple are used or needed. Which also may be due to the talents of Mr.Winslett- Director, Sam Mendes. The Ultra conformity of the 50's works best to tell the story. However, I felt it could be equally effective if set in present day.
Congratulations to Kate Winslett on her deserved Golden Globe win!
Rating: Pretty Middle Toe
Speaking of The Golden Globes...