Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Release Date: January 8, 2016
Duration: 156 minutes
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: The Revenant, based on the book written by Michael Punke, follows Hugh Glass, an experienced tracker on his journey for revenge against the man whom murdered his son. Glass, on the verge of death, will do anything to find justice for his boy as he travels along unchartered American frontier in the early 1800's.
What I loved: Leonardo DiCaprio was cast in the role of a lifetime, and hell, it was one of his best performances ever. I have never seen an actor commit to a character as much as Leo had with Hugh Glass. You could feel his pain and you could feel his anguish. When his heart broke, yours shattered in sync with his. Leo did a fine job in this film and definitely deserves an Oscar this time around, not that he didn't deserve one before.
As far as acting goes, you know someone is talented when you can love them in one movie and hate them in another. Tom Hardy is my favorite male actor, but I completely despised him in The Revenant. I couldn't help but think throughout the film, 'I hate this man.' Tom is truly talented and even though I hated his character, I loved his performance.
The movie is also visually phenomenal. There were so many gorgeous shots, the scenery looked incredibly idyllic. The cast and crew were amazing, but I think nature won this battle.
Also, I don't think I've ever heard a theater as silent as during The Revenant. Everyone was so immersed in the story and Leo's character, no one dared to look away from the screen.
The Revenant is about two and a half hours long. It's slow, has minimal dialogue and copious gore, but it will leave you with an ache in heart like nothing else. The Revenant took my breath away and I know it will capture yours too.
What I didn't: I would have liked to have learned more background about the characters themselves. Where did they come from, what their goals and dreams were and how they reached the point in life which led them to hunting and selling furs? It's possible this information can be found in the book, so you know I added it to my Goodreads to-read list.
Also, there were a few times throughout the film, heavy breath and even blood spatter became apparent on the camera lense. I thought this was odd and seemed out of place. It gave the scene a more "reality-TV" sense and I didn't care for it.
Lastly, the gore and animal deaths were hard to stomach at times, so if you're queasy, be prepared.