If The Revenant is a sign of the films to come this year 2016 is going to be a great year. The Revenant delivers a ride into America's foundation in a real, true gritty way. This film is visual poetry. Aesthetically astonishing, and cinematically masterful. This is the first movie in a while where I felt the need to turn off my cell phone in the theatre. I wanted to feel as if I was actually there and Alejandro Iñárritu gave me that feeling.
The acting in the film is truly amazing. Everyone is firing on all cylinders: DiCaprio, Hardy, Gleeson, Poulter. All great actors given real avenues to their characters. Naturally this is DiCaprio's show. The things he went through to make this film you can just feel it as you watch him on the screen. Never once do you get bored with the progression of the story. Tom Hardy equally delivers in this film. I can't remember the last time I truly loved to hate the antagonist, Hardy gives that to you here, he's manipulative, selfish, and downright despicable in his role as Fitzgerald.
Of course the show stealer is the brutal bear attack that Glass endures, but to see his character thrive and barley survive is what ultimately drives this film. The setting of the early 1800's with land, and native people being the backdrop is handled so well in this film. I think it's important to remind people what America was truly built on, it wasn't all rainbows and willow trees. This film delivers that realistic view of what life was like back then. The opening scene alone is worth the price of admission.
Technically The Revenant soars. It's shot all natural lighting coupled with omniscient-like camera movement. This is a film that will be studied in the years to come. Bottom line, go see The Revenant and enjoy the gift Iñárritu has given us.