Rapid Review: The Revenant (2015)

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“My heart bleeds. But revenge is in the creator’s hands.”
– Hikuc

SYNOPSIS: A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8.5So obviously you all know that I was super amped for this. DiCaprio? Sold! Tom Hardy? Sold. But DiCaprio. That was my main seller. Let me tell you, I was not in the least disappointed by this. It was brilliant. It is a long movie, but never really felt that way. The length just serves the purpose of really showing you how hopeless Glass’s situation was. It flips from a tale of survival to one of vengeance, each getting their moment to shine. Then there is the cinematography. Oh. My. Gosh. It told a whole story on its own and it was beyond beautiful to look at. There are lens flares all over the show, but it worked and didn’t annoy me (but then they seldom do, hence I never understand the flak that Abrams gets). Emmanuel Lubezki perfectly showcases the harsh and unforgiving conditions that Glass had to soldier through, but at the same time the breathtaking beauty was highlighted every step of the way. There were certain shots that I wasn’t a huge fan of, but that’s because it made my head spin and ache to try and match it, so there was that. Alejandro González Iñárritu truly realises a gorgeous film. The soundtrack suited the film down to a tee, and it all came together very well. But now on the the really big seller – the performances. They were all wonderful. Seriously, DiCaprio came in and owned Hugh Glass (but who in their right minds would have expected otherwise?). We felt for this guy, he captivated us, he drew us in with the story of his son (which, incidentally, was a major plus for me and then totally not a part of the real Glass’s life). I was backing this man all the way and I wanted to see him succeed. Credit is due to DiCaprio because his character is a man of exceptionally few words, and yet this did not stop him delivering one stellar performance. As for Tom Hardy? It was the first time I had actively despised a character of his (and he has played some dweebs), but this guy? What a douche! Domhnall Gleeson, who is just everywhere nowadays (my celebrity unsavvy fiancé even recognizes him by now), gave a damn fine performance, too, and was well worth a watch. Overall, this movie might not be for everyone due to the length and silences that fill the run time, but I feel that every aspect worked together well to draw you in and tell you a harrowing story of survival and a driving need for revenge with an absolutely stunning backdrop. Worth every second for sure, especially to see DiCaprio and Hardy united.

22 thoughts on “Rapid Review: The Revenant (2015)

  1. Such a wonderful world imagined on film. Kudos to the crew (or at least the ones who stuck it out to the very end) for committing to something like this. The Revenant reaffirms Alejandro González Iñárritu as a contemporary cinematic visionary, both in a visual and storytelling sense.

    My big takeaway from it was just how much was accomplished with so little. Hardly any words were spoken by Glass (as you mentioned); the story is pretty bare-bones but thoroughly compelling as it was a true struggle for survival, and the lack of society manifesting in this part of the world had serious repercussion for all involved. I just loved this one. Loved it. Sounds like you did too! Awesome sauce. 😀

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  2. I always love reading your reviews after I watch the movie myself, it puts my brain into order – if that makes any sense? felt the movie was kind of refreshing, maybe due to the lack of words. I loved how glass’s backstory was told.
    have a lovely day!


    1. I am very pleased to hear that you enjoy comparing notes so much 🙂 I thought it came together wonderfully. Thank you so much, and the same to you!


  3. We’re definitely in agreement here, Zoe. Can’t argue with anything you’ve said. DiCaprio and Hardy were outstanding and the cinematography by Lubezki is just something else entirely. That camerawork just knocked my socks off.

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  4. zoe – i absolutely loved this summary – especially this line …Overall, this movie might not be for everyone due to the length and silences that fill the run time, but I feel that every aspect worked together well to draw you in and tell you a harrowing story of survival and a driving need for revenge with an absolutely stunning backdrop.


      1. thanks much Zoe – really appreciate it. i have been reading your work for some times, just decided to post … am going to keep commenting as you write. i am a – fan !

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  5. i thought leo was exquisite – he really had to act because he had no lines for long stretches of the movie – and hence he really had to physically act


  6. Gosh! I have so huge hopes for this. Gonna see it on Sunday… I’m afraid I’ll be let down. :/ But sounds amazing. And I’m so glad that Domhnall Gleeson is getting recognition, I’ve liked his since Anna Karenina where he was the sweetest.

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