The Revenant tells the story of a frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fighting for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
Seriously, what the f*** does Leonardo DiCaprio have to do to win an Oscar? Along with the cinematography of The Revenant, he was one of the strongest parts of the marathon of a film.
The Revenant is probably one of the most talked about films over the last year or so (apart fromStar Wars: The Force Awakens) over its troubled intensity of its production but leave all that behind. The film is an experience in itself. Very much like director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s previous film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), it’s a very cinematic film with sweeping long shots and an absolute visual masterpiece.
It’s a film about death, survival, revenge, and the bloody acts of violence it doesn’t hold back on – but in all of this, it’s immersive and pulls you in for one hell of a ride. There’s a stark contrast in the films poetic beauty and ugliness of its violence but it doesn’t lean too far in either direction, balancing it perfectly. Speaking of the the striking aspects of the film, the revenge facet isn’t the films main theme here even though it was the guiding light to give The Revenant the proper ending and a particular structure. There are many films that have told a revenge story but what made this film really stand out was how it showed nature in such a blatantly honest and spellbinding way. It illustrates those of this story as another species attempting to survive in a dangerous frontier environment.
The performances of The Revenant are wonderfully executed with DiCaprio’s portrayal of Hugh Glass worthy of every word of praise but this shouldn’t detract from the fact that Tom Hardy’s grittily brutal performance as Fitzgerald should be ignored. Even though his almost unintelligible mumble were lost in translation, and a moment where it seemed he lost his southern drawl for his natural British tongue, there’s not a single doubt that he’s entirely devoted to bringing his corrupt character to life.
A little on the long side, but the breathtaking cinematography and the epic performances by both Hardy and DiCaprio are worth the run time and the gory graphicness DiCaprio’s character experienced. The Revenant is a film like no other and visual poetry, giving Terrence Malick a run for his money.