Hugh Glass is a fucking determinator. This guy just flat out gets critically maimed by a grizzly bear, and then lives to the tell the tale. But my dear readers, I’ll spare you all the gory details and cut to the chase.
So, The Revenant is a 2015 oscar bait movie directed by famed director, Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Taking place during the old west, it acts as a revenge story for Mr. Hugh Glass here, as he tries to seek vengeance against those that left him for dead, not to mention killed his son to add salt to the wound. But I’m not going to dig too much into it. This is not really a full length review, but more so a recommendation. So I’m not going to be analytical about any of the flaws, mostly its just me stating why you should watch this movie.
Now when it comes to Iñárritu, I’ve only really seen Birdman (which is one of my all-time favourites) and a couple of scenes from Babel. The man is such an impressive director with his various directorial techniques. I still remember vividly, the fantastic sequences that were filmed entirely in long takes within Birdman to make viewers feel as if they’re on the set. He employs this very same technique in The Revenant, and its been made clear from the opening battle scene alone. In fact, you could even label it as his signature technique.
Now, I need to put this down as a warning. The Revenant is brutal, gory, and unforgiving. It really pulls no punches when it comes to the violence. People are turned into human pincushions by arrows, scalped on-screen by native Indians, bludgeoned to death, and (as I specified above) mangled by a massive, hulking bear. Iñárritu isn’t a stranger to depicting acts of sheer brutality and in showcasing the nightmarish conflicts instigated by men. Amores Perros and Babel both present some nasty scenes here and there, and to make matters worse, the cameras lingers on them, allowing audiences to take in the depravities first-hand. So, it isn’t much of a surprise that Iñárritu depicted violence in The Revenant in such a way that it even prompted certain movie goers to leave halfway through.
The greatest part of The Revenant isn’t really the story or the characters, but the sheer amount of effort put into the cinematography and acting. Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is simply stunning, with his entrancing shots of breathtaking vistas and mesmerizing landscapes. It really feels as if you’re transported back in time to this barren, snowy wasteland and taking in the views up close. I swear you could even feel the chilly weather leap off screen and into the theatre. Leonardo DiCaprio fought tooth and nail for his role as Hugh Glass, so much so that it spawned an endless supply of memes. His performance was highly realistic and commendable; he basically spent hours in the freezing wilds, wrapped in bearskin, indulging on raw animal meat, and being on the verge of conducting hyperthermia. But hey, he did what he wanted to do to win his first Oscar. That’s a whole lot of dedication for a role, so I’m honestly proud he won that award for best actor. And hey, Tom Hardy and Domhall Gleeson are also in this. And they were great! Hardy brings a load of gruffness to his role as John Fitzgerald, and Gleeson puts on such a commanding and authoritative display as Andrew Henry.
So, I do hope you check it out, and remember, don’t pick fights with any bears unless you want to end up on the short end of the stick. Not many people are figuratively made of iron like Glass is. Hey, speaking of bears, my next review will feature the appearance of a computer generated one. I’ll leave you to guess what its going to be on.