Cert: 15 Runtime: 156 mins Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Forrest Goodluck
Revenge is in god’s hands not mine
The Revenant has become the award season front runner for a few weeks now. It has received mixed reviews all round but the majority do love Inarritu’s latest picture. After the commercial, critical and award success of Birdman Inarritu has come back 12 months later with his latest venture with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Revenant is bigger, bolder and more expensive compared to Birdman but is it just as good or even better? First things first what is The Revenant about? Fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is leading a hunting party in 1820s South Dakota when he’s attacked and viciously mauled by a bear. Rather than tending to his wounds, the frontiersman’s traitorous companions, led by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), decide to abandon him. They kill his half-Native American son and leave Glass to perish in a shallow grave. But he survives. Now he must brave warring tribes, a savage environment and a ferociously harsh winter on a 120-mile trek to take his revenge.
The Revenant is a very interesting film but it’s no Birdman in my humble opinion. This is pure award season bate and it deserves it applause from all academy’s and film boards. The Revenant does belong to Emmanuel Lubezki he is the best cinematographer in the business today. His device of using natural lighting through out the film is astounding the picturesqueness of The Revenant is so captivating you forget that nature is a force to be reckoned with most of the time and Hugh Glass’s struggle to seek redemption. I will not be surprised if Chivo will win his third Oscar in a row with The Revenant. He goes leaps and bounds further than any other DP in my opinion and he does make cinema a great art-form to be witnessed and respected by the masses. Inarritu is a very passionate film-maker but The Revenant is not his best but not his worst film either. He has created a great flow to the film and it’s runtime goes very quickly. Inarritu and Chivo work very well together, aesthetically the film is very soft to look at but it’s very raw and rough. The bear scene is very graphic and even for a seasoned gore veteran like me it was difficult to watch some segments. The hallucination scenes seemed forced and the symbolisms were far to obvious for a keen cinema-goer. The score truly didn’t work very well in The Revenant I honestly think it would of been better without music.
In regards to the cast Leonardo DiCaprio gives a great physical performance. It does seem a shame that this will be the film that he will win his coveted Oscar. He has given so many great performances in the past. I am not saying Hugh Glass isn’t good, I truly enjoyed the performance the tenacity in his facial expressions and eyes truly saw the anger of a man. It’s well known he had a rough time making The Revenant but I am sure it will pay off soon. Tom Hardy did steal the show for me. It felt like a Kirk Lazarus performance, Hardy seemed very deep in character. Some of his dialogue can become a bit cheesy or pointless but he is the villain you love to hate. His story arch was just as compelling to Hugh Glass. Will Poulter is an actor I wouldn’t normally associate with drama but fair play to the young actor he gave a good performance. Domhnall Gleeson is becoming a favourite actor of mine another great performance here, he seemed missed cast but his Cpt. Andrew Henry was the outsider of the crew. Truly a great trio of British actors in such an acclaimed film. All in all The Revenant is raw, powerful and visually stunning. Will it be remembered as a great film? or will it disappear into the abyss of other academy films? I am honestly not sure yet, it really does require a second watch in my opinion.