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Recommendation night: The Revenant


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.

That look you give when you’re facing off against a bear.

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.

At least its not in CGI.

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.

Wide, sweeping vistas dominate the landscape.

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.


5 thoughts on “Recommendation night: The Revenant

  1. “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.”

    That just about sums it up. I love period pieces, and you definitely can’t deny the cinematic execution here, but I feel that this movie could have trule been great. I had issues with some of pacing and the storytelling, itself though. I have nothing against a crew making “oscar bait” but I’m still gonna evaluate the film the same way I would any other. The narrative and characters themselves are pretty weak in this one.

    Dicaprio slays the role, but honestly, I thought Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained was a better film overall. It’s another “historical” period piece that’s purposefully violent. Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, and Christoph Waltz were awesome, and the cinematography was generally pretty good.

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    1. Yeah, I was kinda expecting more from this film considering the director behind it. In the end it turned out to be a simple, but effective revenge flick.

      Oh man, I simply adore Django Unchained. Tarantino is a master at showcasing improvised scenes, and the over the top bloody violence made the whole revenge stuff thrilling to watch. Honestly I was actually kinda surprised DiCaprio got snubbed with this one, considering his performance as Calvin Candy is a lot more frantic and energetic than most other characters out there.

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  2. Oh bears…. Such a big joke on my blog!!!! 😂😂😂 Such a horrible Canada Day book read that can never have me think of them seriously again! This does sound like a beautifully filmed movie, if not too big into the characters! 🐻

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  3. This was my first movie from Alejandro G. Iñárritu. While watching this in theater, the story certainly left a lot to be desired, though I still found it interesting on some level. The technical side is all wonderful, more impressive that with the exception of one scene nearly all the lighting is natural. Also, those long takes shots are truly impressive, especially that opening sequence.

    Personally, I would have prefer it if Leonardo DiCaprio won his Oscar for The Wolf of Wall Street since he was hysterical in that. He was better in other films, but I guess the dedication is what got the win. Alejandro did a job dangling his Oscar over Leo head during those scenes when he crawled lol

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