The Revenant


Release date: January 8th, 2016

I was really excited to see this movie.

This is a good example of a movie that was marketed really really well. At least in my crowd of movie buffs that get really excited about awards season. The fact that Leo still hasn’t nabbed that Oscar worked really well for this film as well. Fingers crossed this is his year!

The landscapes were expansive and remote, the lens flares were abundant, the fact that they only used natural lighting is a big deal and quite impressive, in my opinion.

This movie was stunning and if it doesn’t win the Oscar for Cinematography then I’ll be astounded.

But I don’t think it deserves the Best Picture.

This movie started off with a very long shot of water rippling in a stream. It was pretty and seemed to be steeped with meaning, but like what was to follow, it was a bit drawn out.

The Revenant quickly got into the action (after the extra long river flowing part) and did a great job of setting up characters, giving you a sense of who they are and how they would influence the story.

Hugh Glass, played by Mr. DiCaprio, was one in a band of fur trappers who are navigating the wild to make it back to their fort. Along the way stuff happens, one of which stuff had a lot of fur and some very sharp claws. After this incident Hugh Glass is on the brink of death and after some other stuff, he is left for dead.

The next section of the film features some great acting, most of which is without words, but not a lot happens in terms of the plot. What does happen on screen seems a bit repetitive and what seems to have meaning, doesn’t necessarily amount to much.

I think what bothered me so much about this film and I’ll go ahead and give a SPOILER WARNING here is that the movie is called The Revenant, which when defined means

“1. a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.”

and when that moment comes in the movie, it’s anti-climactic. The man we want to be the one who runs into Glass in the woods has run away in the other direction because he knew he was coming. Seriously?

 After this “climactic” moment the movie picks up again and becomes the action packed, revenge flick we all expect want it to be.
It is unrelenting until the end and resolves the best way it can.
As much as I don’t want to admit it because of Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñarritu is a very talented director. He truly wanted to make this film as big as possible, which came off a bit grandiose at times, but I commend his daring filmmaking endeavor even if I had to (SPOILER ALERT) watch Leonard DiCaprio crawl into the carcass of a dead horse.
After watching the film, I really had to think about who I was suppose to side with. There is strong presence of the First Nations and Native American people in this film, which are seen as the antagonist for the first part, but by the end their role in the movie has changed. I appreciate that in this story of one man’s search for revenge they were able to weave in the plight on Native people and tell it in surprisingly personal way.
Ah…that explains the floating lady!



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