Film Review – The Revenant

Although I watch plenty of films I have yet to upload a review here. Many moons ago, fifteen to twenty years back, I was paid to watch yet unreleased new movies in little screening rooms in the back streets of Soho and then review them. Since then I have rarely written about my passion for film. Why start now? Well this maybe my first and last film review on here but I wanted to share it with you as the film is incredible. I have read that they had two hour windows to shoot it each day, using natural light to great effect; it is a visual feast. I love nature, the outdoors and spirituality and the film features all three. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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The highly anticipated sixth film from director Alejandro G. Iñárritu is an epic tale of revenge and human endurance. Partly based on Michael Punke‘s novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge, it follows the true story of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), a fur trapper, who is almost mauled to death by a grizzly bear. As Glass fights for his life the man enlisted to look after him, John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), betrays him; killing Glass’ son in the process. Fitzgerald makes off, leaving Glass for dead. Despite his horrific injuries Glass manages to survive and begins his quest for revenge. If DiCaprio, with the help of his five stunt doubles, doesn’t win an Oscar for hauling his ass through the snow then the cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki should. The film looks absolutely stunning, the spectacular backdrop of North American snow covered mountains and forests was captured in natural light, adding to the spiritual feel to the film. Hardy is fantastic as the edgy, unpredictable Fitzgerald and DiCaprio’s dedicated performance as the vengeance filled Hugh Glass is absorbing. A beautiful, yet brutal, breathtaking film, it needs to be seen on a big screen.

 

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