It isn't often when watching a film that I'm not doing anything else (unless I'm watching it in a theater). But while watching this I just watched.
Sure, it helps that Kate Winslet is in it. And that she's reunited with Leo in this film. But the story itself was riveting. Some of the turns were predictable and I knew what the end result would be but I didn't know just how the end would happen and what it would take to get there and that's what kept me interested.
I love that they used an actual house for filming. It brings a different feel to the film--a much more realistic feel. I also thought the camera work was phenomenal; it helped tell the story in its own way and I feel like if bad actors had been chosen for the roles the camera work would have helped make up for that by creating some of the feeling in the film.
The cast. Kate Winslet was perfect for this role (just as she was for her role in The Reader). And now that I've seen the film with Leonardo DiCaprio I can't imagine an actor better suited to play her husband in it. I think their friendship offscreen helped to create the dynamic needed to pull off the relationship of Frank and Alice. This is also the first time I've been blown away by Leo's acting. Throughout the film, the emotion expressed in his face and in his eyes was so beautiful. It makes me think I missed something in his other films... maybe I should go back and rewatch. And, as always, Kate was amazing.