There have been few big-hit blockbusters as of late that put cinematography and acting skills as their first priority. Most big action films discard these things for pure action and explosions.
Not The Revenant, though. This film may get up in your face with its movement and action, but it doesn’t sacrifice anything to do so.
The movie follows Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, through the wilderness with his trapping crew.
After a fight with a bear, his crew, more specifically John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy, leaves him for dead in the wild.
However, after recovering by himself, Glass is out for revenge against Fitzgerald, and that’s where the thick of the plot comes in.
The movie does many things correctly, and what it does well, it does very well. Here’s what the movie excels in:
- The cinematography, led by Emmanuel Lubezki.
- The directing of the film, the director being Alejandro González Iñárritu.
- All of the performances being impressive and possibly Oscar worthy.
Though there are few bad things about the film, those few bad things could be quite overwhelming.
- The film itself is a bit overwhelming with all of it’s action and up-close camera shots; some might even be waiting for the end of it time and time again during the movie.
- The ending to the movie, though I will not include any spoilers here, is not the best way to conclude things.
This movie is not one for the faint of heart. It’s filled with death, blood, and gore of all sorts. Though these things are not the main focus of the film, if you can’t handle these things, avoid this movie.
This movie is certainly an impressive one. Going to see it for the camera work alone is a viable excuse to watch.
It’s been nominated for 12 Oscars, and it’s set to win at least a few of them.
Though it may not be a film you’ll remember forever and want to watch over and over again, it is certainly quite the experience that’s worth the price of a ticket.