The Revenant Reviews
Iñárritu's muscular filmmaking must be applauded, even if the film itself is as exhausting as it is thrilling.
The Revenant is a devastating, visually jawdropping film that, for all its sins of tedium, makes up with scale what it lacks in artfulness. It certainly does the frontier justice.
Leonardo DiCaprio, as DiCaprio does, gives this film all he has got, and more, as he crawls, strips, grunts and grates, and is butchered and butchers in return, for revenge.
My only grouse with the film is that it is such an obvious Oscar bait. With 12 nominations, it seems to have checked all the right boxes. It will hopefully make one man and his legion of fans very happy. For the commitment DiCaprio brings to the film, it wil be well deserved.
More than one man’s revenge, it is this narrative — about the battle for settling on America’s frontiers, and the many victims it claimed — that is the truly gripping offering in The Revenant.
From the first frame, you know you're in for something special and it's pretty clear that Leonardo has given his everything to this film.
The Revenant isn’t the kind of film you will enjoy. It is the kind of film you will marvel for its execution.
On the whole, keeping true to its name, THE REVENANT is a stunning visual experience with a brilliant performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. Though in India, the film may not have a mass appeal and will primarily charm the multiplex audiences in Metros.
Overall, The Revenant may not be the most compact film but it is an impactful one. Stunning visuals and performances aside, this film is a sensory experience above all else, although not one for the faint hearted.
We have seen many man versus nature endurance films in the past, including recent ones like Everest, The Martian and In The Heart Of The Sea. The Revenant, however, scores much higher in terms of depth, vision, adventure and extraordinary circumstance. The film has such stunning impact that it can leave you reeling several hours after its runtime.
The Revenant, therefore, is not just a film but a demonstration of how far the filmmaker can go visually. Every frame in the film can be printed out, framed and hung on a wall. The atmosphere built into the film is brutal enough to permeate from the screen.
The film is aimed to create a sensory experience, which it does. If taken at face value, its linear structure could be deemed meaningless. However, if you approach it in a more metaphorical sense then the film works on a whole other level of, 'the reborn'. It's about nature communicating with man.
Watch it for Leonardo DiCaprio’s phenomenal performance. Rumor has it that the vegetarian actor actually ate raw bison meat for this film! The Academy Awards love characters like this that elicit sympathy, and Leo is the likeliest choice for the Oscar. The movie deserves a watch for Iñárritu’s direction and the cinematography, too.
Alejandro G Inarritu’s survival drama may be filled with flaws, but the splendid cinematography and the performances by Leo and Tom Hardy make it one time must watch!As for the Oscar chances, this could be Leo’s year….unless a certain Michael Fassbender plays spoilsport!
DiCaprio's may be an effortful and even masterful performance, but it isn't a great one. Just like how the film is effortfully and masterfully made but will not be remembered or even re-watched after the hype dies down. What's missing, we can't easily articulate. We can't give it a name. But we can tell you where to look for it - Tom Hardy's performance.
The Revenant is a very visual film, a technical marvel and a feast to the senses. Inarritu’s long-time collaborator, Lubezki has always brought out the holistic, spiritual soul of his films.
Audience Reviews for The Revenant
Even when it drags, one cant deny the fact that its visually sumptuous storytelling !!
At one point towards the climax of director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new film, DiCaprio declares in a somber tone: “He’s afraid. He knows how far I came to find him.”
He might as well have been talking about that coveted golden Oscar statuette that has, rather ironically, eluded him for so long.
This year though, the accolade is his to lose.
As Hugh Glass, a nineteenth century fur trapper who sets out on a path of vengeance after being betrayed by one of his comrades, DiCaprio demonstrates astonishing levels of commitment to his craft.
The kind of trauma and suffering that his character endures is simply remarkable: it’s the kind of film where getting attacked by a bloodcurdling beast of a bear for a whole five minutes can only be a portent of more painful things to come.
In the span of two and a half riveting hours, we see Glass removing a horse’s entrails and sneaking himself inside its carcass, eating raw bison liver and even falling from the top of a cliff, and that’s just the starting point.
Let’s just say that Bear Grylls would have approved.
On the surface, The Revenant might appear to a banal, straightforward revenge saga, but dig deeper and you will realise that it’s also a tale of hope, redemption and the indomitable power of the human spirit.
Inarritu and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki achieved stunning results with last year’s Birdman; this time too, their partnership has yielded incredible dividends.
The screenplay does tend to get slightly erratic in places, especially post intermission.
Visually, however, this is a highly sumptuous meal, and one that begs to be devoured.
Not many directors, after all, can make blood look beautiful.
Man vs Wild
The Revenant directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu is a masterpiece which balances the visuals as well as the story.The interrelation between the bear,Glass and a Red-Indian tribe has been brilliantly portrayed by it's storytelling.There are several visual metaphors and very strong themes on nature and god which sticks with you.Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki has done more than a brilliant job because this movie is the most visually stunning film i have ever seen.If we think Avatar and Lord of the rings has beautiful visuals then this surpasses them and pushes the boundaries of film making.The great thing about the cinematography in this movie is it's not only beautiful but also it plays a major role in film for telling a story and nature itself is a character.Leo's performance was great and the emotional scenes between Hugh Glass and his son gave much more momentum to it.Director Alejandro González Iñárritu gave back to back masterpieces Birdman and The Revenant and the director once again deserves an Oscar.
Watch it for LEO
Leonardo's acting is just mindblowing. Jawdropping scenematography and excellent direction. But the movie was somewhat exhausting.