The Revenant (2015)


Pros
  • (It's already been made known) But Leonardo DiCaprio is fantastic and clearly a front-runner for Best Actor
  • The cinematography is breathtaking, gorgeous landscapes and fluid camera work
  • The opening scenes are amazing, the battle scenes truly catch you off guard and are filmed in an immersive manner
  • Yet again another movie with a strong original score
  • The bear scene will go down in infamy as one of the most intense scenes ever created
  • A movie where you can actual feel the coldness of the location
  • Tom Hardy shines, playing another intimidating villain (hopefully he receives an Oscar nomination)
  • Leo actually ate raw bison (the prop department made fake bison meat to eat but Leo said no)!

Cons
  • Repetitive during the middle act
  • While the ending is a strong point for the movie, it does feel a bit rushed
  • Tom Hardy (again) could use subtitles when he talks (I seriously can't understand him at times)

Score: 9/10

The Revenant may be marketed as a revenge-thriller, but it's really about Hugh Glass (Leo) vs nature. Nearly the entire movie is about Glass battling Mother Earth and struggling to survive the night. And I gotta say it was both breathtaking and stressful. Day after day seeing him struggle with simple tasks and knowing the insane journey he has in front of him is taxing. The amount of punishment the man goes through is enough to make Bear Grylls compassionate.

Some people might try to water this one down and say it is nothing more than a revenge flick. That may be true to some extent, but it is more to the movie than just that. It's a man vs nature and his struggle to survive for one last cause (that cause obviously being revenge). There is also a message about white men vs Indians that can't be ignored. It's something we have seen before, yes, but it doesn't make it any less sorrowful or profound. This might be the main message to gather from the film (which seems to be kept hidden from the trailers).

The middle of the film does get a tad repetitive as we watch Leo struggle for shelter and fight the cold again and again. This would be a major drawback if the movie didn't look this beautiful (fingers crossed for a Best Cinematography Oscar). The location mixed with the camera work seems to make the cold jump off screen. The movie might not have hundreds of characters, large-scale battles, or fantasy-like elements, but this truly is an epic.

I can see how a lot of people might be turned off by the movie (a huge chunk of the movie his Glass literally wandering the wilderness day and night), I still stand by my statement that it's one of the year's best and deserves to be seen on the big screen!