The Revenant Review
This movie can be described with one word: Brutal. Brutal in sense of how it must be for the characters within this film. The film is the story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman from the 1820's. He and a party of hunters and trappers are out in the wilderness of the United States (Post Louisiana Purchase) hunting animals for pelts. The party is then ambushed by the Native American Tribe Arikara for the pelts and some escape including Hugh Glass, Glass's Half Native American Son, John Fitzgerald, Captain Andrew Henry, and Jim Bridger. I will stop the summary here for I don't want reveal the whole plot, but I will address that whole Bear rape scene and Leo DiCaprio everyone was talking about, it is not that, its simply DiCaprio being mauled by a Grizzly, nothing else suggestive.
The movie stars Leo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald, Domhnall Gleeson as Captain Andrew Henry, and Will Poulter as Jim Bridger. Everyone in this movie does an exceptional job, but this movie is about Hugh Glass which means its DiCaprio at the center and boy does he do an astounding job. I've seen DiCaprio in many films and normally does a good job, but this film, my god if he doesn't get an Academy Award for this film then there is something wrong with the Academy. You can see at various parts how much DiCaprio suffered for this film, whether it was due to cold or whatever. The rest of the cast, you can also suffered a bit as well, but DiCaprio really put a lot of effort into this one.
The movie can seem slow at times, but the way Inarritu filmed this movie, the slowness is justified. An interesting tidbit, Inarritu used natural lighting for this film. That means he used only the sun and any man made lighting like candles and fire. He did this to show what it would have looked like in the 1820's.
This movie was done exceptionally well. I would definitely say this movie is up for Oscar nods for Best Actor, maybe even best movie and director. This movie deserves a solid 9 out of 10. The imagery and DiCaprio were the parts that sold me.