The framing of the shots, the camera movements and the snowy, low-saturation imagery are all gorgeous. The script is poor, the acting is average, the cinematography is delusional as opposed to arty and in short, this film It's just terrible. The historical Glass fell somewhere between symbolic characters like Johnny Appleseed and fictionalized pioneer figures such as Daniel Boone. As I mentioned, DiCaprio must overcome some serious odds if he wants to exact revenge on Fitzgerald, who is safely out of reach. An hour could be cut and nothing would be lost. All the lines delivered by the native Americans seemed out of sync for some reason, which is weird since todays technology in syncing picture and audio is quite developed. Granted, half the words that came out of his mouth were unintelligible but he left no doubt in my mind that he was fully devoted to his role and bringing Fitzgerald alive instead of just Hardy playing a character named Fitzgerald.
It is well made though and most of the scenes seems very real and believable. There are many long shots without cuts that are sprinkled throughout the film that add a sense of sophistication to it with the added bonus of predominantly location based shooting and natural lighting for the film , that can even make a novice film watcher raise an eyebrow at its complexity. Or would you just give up? Unfortunately for him, Glass stubbornly refuses to die, and he is soon stumbling after them. Leonardo DiCaprio gives a heart-wrenching performance as Hugh Glass, expressing a wide range of emotions despite the limited dialogue. It started with a collection of superb actors, delivering solid performances. Should I Watch the Movie or Not? There there's the scene where DiCaprio is mauled by a grizzly bear.
The bear attack for one stands out. Come on, did nobody notice this? It tries to be so deep and meaningful but instead it is a mismatch of scenes that don't make sense and its emotionally thin violence is cringe worthy. It's simply not that kind of film - but that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it if you watch it with the right expectations. I thought that, with Iñárritu's name attached to it, this would be a much deeper film than what I ended up watching, at least in its depictions of history, first nations, and in its ability to exploit classic themes such as revenge and survival. After Indians brutally attack the group and steal their furs, Glass tries to guide them over the Rockies in winter. Because it is bleak unremittingly bleak, in terms of the landscape, the weather and the motives of the characters.
Glass is a man with a foot planted firmly in both worlds, but it is his chosen one that is both sacrificed in the person of his son Hawk, and transcended in the visions of his dead wife and son. They could easily have made this an hour shorter which I think would have made it more exciting and less dragged out. Which is good news for The Revenant, the new film by Mexican boundary-pusher Alejandro G. His father eats god the squirrel in the tree. It is clear that the suffering on screen is not all acting — it cannot be, given the inhospitable conditions in which the crew were filming in Canada and Argentina. The camera-work is so immersive, you believe are a part of Hugh Glass' journey through the wilderness and back to civilization. In the middle of their grueling and scary attempt to get over the Rockies in the winter, Glass is attacked and mauled by a mother grizzly bear protecting her cubs.
Movie-Glass not only rescues an Indian woman but he rescues her while she's being raped by an evil, White, French guy because, you know, White people no matter where they're from are just horrid and Hollywood will remind you of that as often as possible. But the film is not without special effects, and these are phenomenal, most incredibly delivered during the relentless and gruelling bear attack scene: a seamless blend of live animal work and effects that make it horrifically believable. I mean come on, i watched Titanic, and the same guy dies of Hypotermia in 5 minutes of cold water!!! There is some back story to it that is scattered out through the film and I understand it's there to add some tension to the movie, but there is no build up to make you feel anything about it and in the end it seems boring and pointless. You don't just watch the Revenant: you experience it. The fur trappers Glass was guiding abandoned him after a grizzly bear terribly mauled him, but Glass survived to have newspapers tell of his miraculous survival.
It's ridiculous, pretentious, inanely contrived esp. DiCaprio is good in the movie. Yea so he has a kid, the kids mom and tribe was massacred by Americans or French or something like that, and DiCaprio is really close to the kid and vice versa. The Indians are brutal, and the trappers are no less brutal. A better director might possibly have made this a good film but Iñárritu is clearly not David Lean. The value of communalism, spiritual communication with the natural world, and preservation of the environment were never compatible with the mission to homogenize and control that environment with ever increasing technological advancements.
It will stay there for quite some time. Then he wanders around for a bit, spurred on by the prospect of vengeance, before being nearly drowned in a river. Go and see this movie. This year's Oscar Best Picture category is a crowded race with several worthy contenders - but the Revenant is not one, and I really hope it doesn't win. Story-wise, it is a bit thin for a 156 min picture. Although appearing mortally wounded, he is a highly respected individual and so is stretchered up by his boss Captain Henry Domhnall Gleeson.
And while accepting his award, DiCaprio spoke up for the world's indigenous peoples and called on people to protect the environment from corporate interests. It truly is a breathtaking event to behold. Thanks to great lead performances by DiCaprio and Hardy, you are invested in the human element of this tale of survival and vengeance. Much has been made of the fact that Inarritu used only natural light and it does work well with the tone of the film. The photography, though beautiful, is also monochromatic, always dark, grey and foreboding. The score, by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, is doomy and primal.