The Revenant Review

    Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 7.06.38 AM   I did not know such a visceral and exhausting experience could be obtained from simply going to the movie theater and watching a film. The Revenant is transcends the medium of film and becomes an experience, brutal to its core, magnificently shot, and hard to watch at times though it has pacing problems, The Revenant is an unforgettable film reflective of the brutality men endured on the frontier.  Focusing on DiCaprios’s Hugh Glass, a man who knows his territory, The Revenant concentrates on the extent a man can go too in order to right something he’s been wronged by, though mauled by a bear, partially asphyxiated,  and having to sleep within a dead horse, Hugh Glass does destroys every obstacle in front of him in order to complete his very personal vendetta against the despicable Fitzgerald (Hardy). Which talking about Tom Hardy and the great year he’s had so far, Hardy steals every scene he’s in, standing his own ground against the unstoppable beast that is DiCaprio, Hardy proves he’s a rough man, a desperate man, and a despicable individual. Alongside Hardy, Will Poulter also adds a layer of innocence to the frontier landscape as he has to suffer the backlash of Fitzgerald’s actions and not being able to challenge the harsh man’s authoritative position. As always, Domhnall Gleeson is great as this fur-trapping crew’s captain who is dedicated to his men and will always support them no matter what. So, with a great ensemble cast and a great premise its pretty hard to go wrong, so you add Iñarritu as director on top of this beautiful mix and Chivo as DP, the product is brutal, unflinching and a cinematic experience like no other. Even though, we’ve got such a perfect cast and mix of peers handling The Revenant, the film does have problems, but then again is there any film without problems? The problem with The Revenant is its pacing which is constantly interrupted by beautiful nature shots that should have been amassed in some The Revenant compendium instead of taking 1/4 of its runtime. So, if you really analyze The Revenant’s problem is that too many beautiful images take its runtime, which sounds absurd but does get somewhat absurd tied with its soothing slow score that emits connotations of   boredom until are attention is brought back by DiCaprio torturing himself on screen to get his Oscar. I must mention, Emmanuel Lubezki is officially some sort of cinematographic deity who’s probably going for a triple Oscar win this year because what he was able to do with mostly natural light in the middle nowhere is incredible. Adding to this, the way Iñarritu took a Mallick-esque approach to The Revenant is mesmerizing and makes you want to go back and watch a two-hour and forty-minute film about man vs. wilderness for a second time which is quite impressive. As for the scenes including action in this film, these are some of the best seen all year, whether its the opening battle sequence, the bear attack or the final battle that in some way calls back to the nerve-wracking bear-scene, The Revenant is brutal and heart-wrenching, and captures the frontier spirit the way it should be portrayed on film. Though lesser than his last film, Iñarritu has once again turned in a great product with grand performances, incredible visuals and a brilliant representation of the frontier ad what it was to live in that setting, but like any film it does have problems (pacing problems), placing my grade  of the film at an 84 out of 100.

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