The Ups and Downs: The Revenant

The Revenant is a historical revenge piece inspired by true Events and centers around frontiersman Hugh Glass on a fur trading expedition in the early eighteen hundreds after he is mauled by a bear and left for dead by his companions . The Revenant is directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and stars Leonardo DiCaprio , Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. Now that the formalities are done , here are The Ups and Downs of “The Revenant”.

The Ups:

The Acting!

Alejandro G. Iñárritu has done it again with assembling brilliant ensembles with the likes of DiCaprio and Hardy. DiCaprio has given the most physical performance of his career , in this movie he is battered and tossed around like a rag doll and eats real raw liver and fish but sill manages to give a realistic performance while doing so. Hardy also brings his A game in this movie giving one of his most brutal and most viscous villainous role of his career, After the 2 and a half hour run time of this movie he makes you hate him with a passion, and that is the sign of a brilliantly done motion picture villain.

The Cinematography!!

HOLY S**t ! The cinematography in this movie is AMAZING. People are going to be meticulously studying each frame of this movie in film school for years to come. Emmanuel Lubezki (formally of Birdman fame) brings a realistic and cold setting straight out of a painting in each shot encapsulating the harsh snowy mountains and Forests in the film.

The Hard hitting Action

I can tell you now while watching this film in a semi packed theater I noticed everyone flinch in unison after each blow in this movie. The fights scenes when they hit are realistic and shocking and brings a string sense of survival to each bout. Plus the final conflict in this film is one of most jaw dropping fight scenes I’ve seen in a long time

The Extra Ups:

Accurate historical set pieces and characters
The Bear Scene
Domhnall Gleeson

The Downs:

The Pacing

Now before you haste to the comments let me explain . There was a point in the movie around the middle of the film where some shots drag a little to long then I would personally like , e.g cutting to the gravel randomly or cutting to a leaf and holding the shot for longer then a establishing shot should take, Sometimes it felt more like a documentary then a movie , that can be great but when you have a almost 3 hour movie you can loose the audiences attention really fast.

The visions

The only problem I had with the visions in this movie and for people who don’t know , DiCaprio’s character glass while injured sees images of his wife. Now without spoiling it some of these visions really take you out of the immersive situations that Glasses in and the movie its self.

Okay so in Review, The Revenant has received 7 Ups and 2 downs , giving The Revenant The Up Seal of Approval.

Alright so that was my Review of The Revenant, I really enjoyed watching this movie not as much as Alejandro’s predecessor film Birdman but it still has his signature fantastic directing , casting and cinematography that you expect from a Iñárritu film. This movie is a heavy Oscar contender and Might take Leo to his glorious terminus , that best actor golden statue

Thanks for reading , make sure to like, repost and comment and stay tuned for more Ups and downs . Next up will be “The Hateful 8″ (70mm roadshow version ) , i’m very excited for that one . Till the next time 😁👍

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