There has been much buzz surrounding the project that is bringing Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet back together for the first time since Titanic, a family drama based on a 1961 novel titled Revolutionary Road. Yet there's another movie that comes out this fall with a similar title which is also set in suburban Connecticut! Titled Reservation Road and also based on a novel, the thriller can easily be confused with Revolutionary Road, so I've devised a handy-dandy chart to help keep them straight:
|Title||Original Author and Publication Date||Setting||Premise||Road Significance||Stars||Release Date|
|Revolutionary Road||Richard Yates, December 1961||Mid-1950s suburban Connecticut||Young parents April and Frank Wheeler struggle with the confines of suburban life and the repressive social atmosphere.||Revolutionary Road is where the Wheelers live.||Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kathy Bates, Michael Shannon||Fall/Winter 2008|
|Reservation Road||John Burnham Schwartz, October 1999||Modern-day suburban Connecticut||The story revolves around one grieving father’s hunt for his son’s killer while another father begins to drown in his own guilt.||Reservation Road is the site of the boy’s death.||Mark Ruffalo, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connolly, Mira Sorvino, Elle Fanning||October 19, 2007|
I've read both books and they're each worthy of a read before the film versions hit theaters. Between the two, however, I'd more recommend Revolutionary Road for its rich writing, depth and startling peek into the private life of a 20-something couple during a fascinating bygone era (the 1950s). Reservation Road is also a terrific read as a gripping, poignant page-turner. Both are roads you should wander down.