The Revenant Reviewed

The RevenantJust been to watch The Revenant at the cinema… here’s what it’s about:-

‘While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family.  Grief-stricken and fuelled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.’

Yup, that’s the official blurb.  It is beautifully filmed, totally engaging, with confident and accomplished editing (always a relief), solid script (apart from the French guy referring to the English as ‘Americans’ – surely a bit early for that?) and great surround sound effects.  The two main actors are brilliant – Di Caprio has nothing more to prove after his performances in The Wolf of Wall Street and this epic movie, and Tom Hardy is superbly chilling as the over-talkative baddie.  The film tries and succeeds to portray the grim, bitter and dangerous wilderness, where men are men and women, well, shouldn’t really be there!

I think it should do well in the film awards in technical categories – cinematography, best picture, direction, soundtrack etc.  di Caprio and Hardy could also be recognised.

It is unremittingly grim, and has a European feel to it, due no doubt, to the influences of Director  Alejandro González Iñárritu, and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Watch it, but be warned, it is cruel and violent, with characters constantly looking over their shoulders for pursuers in a three-way battle between English, French and Native Americans.

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