WARNING THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!
I have two words for you, "BEAR SCENE!" Have you ever wondered what would happen if you crossed "The Outlaw Jose Wales" with "Cast Away?" Well it would make this movie. The Revenant is in my opinion one of the best movie of the year and definately deserves its nomination for best picture and best actor.
The Revenant is about a fur trader named Hugh Glass (Leonardo Dicaprio) who goes on a pelt expediton with his Pawnee son, Hawk (Forest Goodluck). When the expedition is attacked by native americans, they are forced to leave most of their haul behind and escape using a raft. However, when Glass is mauled by a bear he is left for dead by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), oh, and Fitzgerald kills Hawk. The rest of the movie is about Glass' quest for revenge while he tries to nurse himself back to health and survive the wild frontier.
This movie blew me away for many reasons, but the main reason is because of how beutifully this film was shot. The action scenes are suspensefull, they are shot in such a way that you feel the danger and the excitement as if you were really there. The movie has this incredible way of stressing the vastness of the terain that Glass is travelling, through incredible landscape shots. Just take a look at these:
And of course Dicaprio is just incredible, even though he says almost nothing throughout the whole movie he is can give us a character through facial expressions and body language. While all of these things are great, the coolest part of the movie was the CGI especially the bear scene, which I still have no idea how they shot.
Many people are arguing that the movie should have had more dialogue, and I can totally see where they are coming from. I personally feel like the lack of dialogue worked for this film, but it did get a little boring at times listening to Dicaprio breathing all the time (as awsome as you are Leo that did get on my nerves). Also, througout the movie there are these flashbacks where Glass recalls moments from his past that I felt like left a lot of unanswered questions by the end of the movie.
The Revenant is a thrilling epic that left me speechless. While it did have a few plotholes, its great performances, cinematography, and story make it, in my opinion, one of the best movies of the year and a worthy contendor for best picture.
As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight