The Revenant (2015)
Running Time: 156 minutes
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domnhall Gleeson
The Revenant is set in the 1820s where a crew of trappers is hunting for pelts in the wilderness of the Northern Plains, unorganised US territory. During the expedition, Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), the crew’s guide is badly mauled by a grizzly bear. The captain, Andrew Henry refuses (Gleeson) to kill Glass to speed up the crew’s journey, instead he offers payment to those who are willing to stay behind with Glass. Fitzgerald (Hardy), Glass’ son, Hawk (Goodluck), and young Jim Bridger (Poulter) volunteer to stay with Glass and give him a proper burial when he dies. However, Fitzgerald kills Hawk and lies to Bridger in order to abandon Glass in the woods. The film follows Glass’ journey and survival through the wilderness to avenge the murder of his son.
First off, Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography made this film a delight for the eyes – with its long shots following the characters around during a scene and the simple shots of nature and the wilderness. It definitely echoes Innaritu and Lubezki’s previous collaboration, Birdman. The primary cast – DiCaprio, Hardy, Poulter and Gleeson gave convincing performances throughout the film. I was especially taken by DiCaprio’s commitment to his character. You can definitely see and feel his character’s struggles and pain (both mentally and physically). It’s not a surprise why DiCaprio had been winning the Best Actor award during this year’s award season. But whether he’ll win the Academy Awards, that we’ll have to see. I, for one am a keen supporter of Leo. Hardy on the other hand, gave an equally strong performance.
The score for the film is both beautiful and intense. The storyline, though compelling was a tad bit on the draggy side with the movie clocking in on 2 and half hours. Aside from DiCaprio’s and Hardy’s characters, the rest of the characters felt a little flat to me.
Overall, it’s a beautiful piece of cinematic work with strong performances by its cast.
Rating: 7 1/2 out of 10