The Revenant (2015) – 5/5

Alejandro González Iñárritu has once again outdone himself by taking on an epic story of human survival and revenge, and turning it into an unforgettable must-watch. Not only was he able to capture a breathtaking tale, but did this under strenuous circumstances, constantly motivating the crew and actors in freezing weather, and with the use of only natural lighting and no green screens. Now, that is some bad ass directing.

Besides the beautiful cinematography and directing skills, the cast composed mainly of Leonardo Di Caprio, Domhnall Gleeson and Tom Hardy immerse into their characters with complete devotion. I am unsure if this is due to them actually suffering in cold temperatures throughout the filming process, but they manage to make you believe them. You believe their characters, their suffering and their emotions.

The editing was very much on par with the cinematography and direction, although a few of the protagonist’s flashbacks and visions seemed confusing, and at times, even unnecessary. While it is understandable why they were incorporated in the movie, it seemed to me as if they did not add any actual value to the film. Only at these few times, I thought the film was starting to feel longer than it should be.

However, this small feeling is quickly forgotten by the amazing visuals, the superb acting (mainly by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy), and the once again, unique take and direction by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. Not many movies are able to survive almost three hours of length, but The Revenant manages to pull it off beautifully.

Learn more about the movie here: Rotten Tomatoes


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