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Barely 6 years old was I, when I was first presented with the concept of love. In a jam-packed movie hall, in front of 200 spell-bound viewers, I watched a young guy, freezing to death, reassuring this really scared girl that she would live, be happy and prosper. The ship had sunk. There was total chaos. But my eyes were for the guy and girl alone. There was something about them, something that made me want to feel the same way; something yearned inside me to reach out. The day I saw the Titanic sink, I fell in love with love. Jack and Rose taught me how too…
This isn’t about love. Oh no… That will require a mini-hypothesis at the very least. Unrequited teenage love! But that’s for another time…
This is about the couple who’ve created magic on screen and with both of their movies together showcased life; the spectrum it is.
Titanic was other-worldly in all respects. The rich girl-poor guy love story is probably one of the most used in world cinema but the actors playing the characters were what made it unique. You felt really happy for Jack, when he won the tickets to the ship, in gambling… Your heart reached out to Rose in pity, seeing her plight with a dominating step-mother and a power-hungry fiancée. It almost seemed inevitable that they’d fall in love and when they did, you revelled in those happy moments. Your heart sank with the ship and you those final moments… you wished they’d never let go. With a heavy heart you leaved but with a small smile too because you know that Rose had lived on. And their love had lived on.
The next movie is different. That’s because though Titanic was a phenomenon, seen by most of the world; the movie I now talk about is relatively unknown in our country, released only in a few multiplexes in the metros. In fact most people must only have heard about it as the movie that got Kate Winslet the BAFTA for Best Actress. I wouldn’t have seen it myself had Leo and Kate not comprised the main cast.
I remember having said that Titanic was other-worldly. Well, Revolutionary Road brings you right back to our world. To the harsh truths that reality has to offer…
Revolutionary Road is a story about a young married couple, Frank and April Wheeler. They have two children, a good house, neighbours who look up to them and seemingly everything that life has to offer for a happy existence. However, all is not well… The inner satisfaction is absent from both of their minds. And that is how you witness it all falling apart for 2 people who are otherwise very much in love…
The magic of the movie is twofold. The acting is a joy to behold but that’s not the only thing that holds you through. Their plight is such that you end up sympathizing with both their points of view. You know it’ll never work out but you still can’t keep hoping that it does.
For those who haven’t seen it, watch it and experience the dark, desolate side of cinematic class. That’s what these two do; they bring cinema alive, make it possible to learn and accept and rekindle my faith in the power of acting.