The Revenant Movie Review

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If Leo doesn’t win the Oscar this year, it’s pretty much hopeless.

The Revenant is about a group of fur trappers who get ambushed by Indians and are forced to find another way home.  Along the way Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) gets attacked by a bear and left for dead by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy).  Glass has to fight to survive so he can exact his revenge on the man who wronged him.

This was one of my most anticipated movies since I saw the first trailer.  And boy did it not disappoint.  This movie is fantastic.  I was locked into this movie from the opening scene and it never really let me go. It’s a fascinating survival and revenge tale based on true events, which is pretty incredible.  The one thing that might be better than the story, however, are the performances.  DiCaprio obviously is great, maybe one of his best.  The things he did for this movie to be as realistic as possible are pretty insane and really do affect the movie.  Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter all turn in notable performances as well.  Beyond just the performances and story, the directing and cinematography are also stars of this movie.  It was directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Birdman) and his mark is definitely visible.  Everything from his use of long takes to his decision to only shoot in natural light make this movie better.  The movie is extremely gritty and realistic. It’s borderline brutal at times which makes you feel like you are right there in some of the fight scenes.  The bear attack scene, in particular, is extremely well done and looks very real, even if it is a bit hard to watch. The last thing I’ll comment on is the score, which does a great job of adding intensity to certain scenes.

I did have a couple small quips with the movie.  I would have liked a little more backstory in terms of finding out why Leonardo DiCaprio’s character had a son with an Native American woman and how that whole thing transpired.  The give little hints throughout but I don’t think it was developed enough.  The other thing was the visions and dreams DiCaprio’s character has seem pretty unnecessary.  They add to the run time but don’t really add too much else.  They make it hard to pick to what is real and what isn’t at times.

But those are really small complaints that really don’t affect the overall movie too much. Between this and The Hateful Eight, 2016 is off to a great start.  Although we are getting into January and February here, which are notorious for having some terrible movies.  Until those start popping up though, we can sit back and enjoy things like The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, and obviously Star Wars.  I lost sleep last night trying to figure out what score to give this movie. Yes I lose sleep over weird things.  Yes I know that’s a problem.  Anyway, I can’t let a couple small quips stop me from giving a great movie what it deserves- The Revenant gets the first 5/5 of the year.

What did you think of The Revenant? Let me know in the comments.

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