Aside from the brilliant performances and cinematography, I would say that the strongest element of this film would be the beautiful father son relationship. Also Jude Law was especially wonderful as a very nasty villain.
One of Mendes most beautifully shot films. Conrad Hall is a god. Solid performances all around and very satisfying but I finished and never went back. I think I found the heart of the story with the father and son, somewhat unengaging. I'll have to watch it again.
A Tom Hanks film, i.e. competent, emotionally and technically (nice cinematography, good performances) compelling with some good themes sprinkled in the plot. Besides that, however, doesn't really go beyond the familiar formulas we are used to in Hollywood flicks.
There's something magical and dream-like about Road To Perdition. I remember seeing it for the first time. And the second time and the third. The picture means quite a bit to me, the father-son relationship resonating the strongest. It's shot with beauty, clarity and intention. I love the structure, the themes of innocence lost and the reversal of revenge to preservation of good. A perfect movie.