By Mandela Wells
Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu is a director who’s reputation is growing immensely. I did not even realize it until a few weeks ago that I actually have a feature of his already in my possession, “Babel“. Although he received an academy award nomination back then for that picture, it really wasn’t until “Birdman” that this guy burst through the glass ceiling and now is one of the most talked about directors in the 2010’s. “The Revenant” continues Innaritu’s hot streak as he develops a story that is rich in scenery, tremendous in acting, and impressive in directing. “The Revenant” is survival story that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Inspired by the real life account of fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo Dicaprio), the story is focuses on the man who had been traveling for months with a group of fellow fur trappers. These men include the moody chatterbox John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), Jim Bridger (Will Poulter), Captain Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) and his half native American son Hawk. As the story goes Glass gets attacked by a bear that he luckly manages to kill. However the bear tore him to shreds and he winds up in greviously injured . As per the orders of the Captain, Hawk, Fitzgerald and Bridger all stay behind to give glass a proper burial when the time comes while the rest of the men head back to camp. In a state of supposed paranoia and panic, Fitzgerald kills Glass’s son, lies to Bridger about a group of Indians hot on their trail, and ultimately leaves Glass for dead. Glass manages to survive and make it back on his feet as he treks across a huge chunk of Canadian land to track down his son’s killer. Along the way Glass has recurring nightmares and visions of his past that still haunts him.
“The Revenant” is absolutely Riveting and incredible. It is A masterpiece! Absolutely magnanimous film making in all areas of this production. It was had Incredible cinematography that was just like tree of life. It captures the pure essence and beauty of the nature around these men and it worked so well with the natural lighting. Choosing to go with natural light was a really innovative idea. Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu utilizes the same style shooting as “Birdman” but with cuts this time. Innaritu brings us fast and furious action with this style and it is thrilling and a beauty to watch. mesmerizing imagery. Ryuichi Sakamoto score is magnificent!
Leonardo DiCaprio actually exceeded my expectations here. He actually gives a performance unlike many his career. He relies on his facial expressions, body language, skills, instincts everything a real man in the wild would need to survive. Thanks to his impeccable acting ability he does this extremely well. He is a sight to behold here! That bear mauling scene was brutal but also very visceral. You were really up in there in every moment of that scene. I was wrong to think Eddie Redmayne was the favorite, I think Dicaprio may win his first Oscar for this role. Tom Hardy’s Fitzgerald is quite the talkaholic here. Hardy and Dicaprio do a great job early on of establishing the tension between the two that comes to a head later on. He does a great job here. his character is both desperate but also full of despair that clouds any sense of whats right and whats wrong.
This movie has got plenty of motifs of pain, suffering, grief and despair. fitting ending with a nicely choreographed fight. “The Revenant” is a beautifully crafted film that is officially my pick to win best picture. Go and see this film you don’t want to be the guy that missed out on this amazing film