Sunday, January 10, 2016

Movie Review: The Revenant

I don't recall ever seeing a movie that took place during this time period in American History, although The Revenant doesn't put too much emphasis on the French and Indian War (Seven Years War) it gives you enough info to figure out approximately when it takes place.
I really enjoyed the film, I feel it gives an honest and fairly accurate portrayal of what life was like in America around that time period for the American Frontiersman.
I went into this movie only knowing Leonardo DiCaprio was in it, I didn't know who the actor playing Fitzgerald was but at one point I said to myself, "Is that Tom Hardy?" and afterwards I discovered it was. I've seen Hardy in four very distinctive roles and he has completely impressed me, Inception, TDKR, Mad Max Fury Road and now The Revenant.
The Revenant has two very talented actors in it, the Bear that mauls Leo and the Spotted horse that attempts cliff diving with out any safety gear!
As I stated earlier The Revenant takes place around the time of the French and Indian War but that's not what the movie focuses on, it's alot more personal! When a group of frontiersman are ambushed by Indians a small group including Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) and John Fitzgerald (Hardy) escape with as many furs as they can and attempt to escape from the Indians and reach Fort Kiowa, but when nature calls (attacks) the group is forced to decide whether to press on with a mortally wounded Hugh Glass or leave him behind to his inevitable death.
As the legend goes two members volunteer to stay behind with Glass to give him a proper burial when he dies, problem is Glass just won't die so Fitzgerald takes matters into his own hand and attempts to euthanize Glass.
And here is where the heart of the legend is born, with literally one foot in the grave Hugh Glass crawls for some insane number of miles tracking the men who left him for dead while surviving on what ever he can scavenge off the land and avoiding the Indians he initially escaped from.
The cinematography is breathtaking and really shows the beauty and majesty of the American Frontier even if it wasn't all filmed in the US :/.
The movie is approximately 2 hours 30 mins long but it felt like it was over 3, the majority of the time I'd rather see everything originally intended to be in the film but this time I feel some scenes needed to be shortened or cut altogether..... Leo doing his best impersonation of Han saving Luke on Hoth.
One aspect that stood out to me was the sound editing in this film, the sound of the creaking trees in the howling wind added to the haunting nature of Glasses hallucinations of his dead Indian wife as he struggled through the harsh winter landscape.
The Revenant was a good movie that will probably slip into obscurity for me, it's not one of those movies I see myself picking when I'm in the mood to sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watch a movie.