‘The Revenant’ has its intense and silent charm that will bowl you over; and will make you fall in love with the art of filmmaking all over again. Here’s what makes this movie a complete cinematic experience for all the movie lovers…
Star Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson and Will Poulter.
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Screenplay: Mark L. Smith and Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Producer: Arnon Milchan, Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon and James W. Skotchdopole
Claps For: Performances, Direction, Cinematography, Screenplay and Background Music
Slaps For: Nothing
Story: While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains injuries from a brutal bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Glass must utilize his survival skills to find a way back home to his beloved family. Grief-stricken and fuelled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
Performances: 26/02/2016 is the date I write this review, with a hope that two days later, it would be Leonardo DiCaprio winning the Oscar Award (like, finally) for his jaw-dropping performance as Hugh Glass- the mountain man who gets mauled by a bear yet braves it all to get his revenge from the man who killed his son and left him to die. DiCaprio sinks his teeth deep into the character, shedding away his usual charm and donning the avatar of a man who is burdened by past incidents, and is filled with extreme pain and loneliness. Hardly does he have any dialogues during the course of the movie but he lets his silence, his expressions, his body language and his deep breathing (particularly during emotional scenes) speak for him. You would see him getting mauled by a bear, eating raw fish, raw bison liver and sleeping inside a horse’s carcass. He crawls (literally) his way into the hearts of the audience with his powerful performance.
And then comes the man who is the reason DiCaprio’s character bears it all- Tom Hardy. The actor delivers yet another powerful and stunning performance as the cold, ruthless, egoistic and tempered John Fitzgerald. It gets impossible to decide whom to look at when he and DiCaprio are sharing the screen space together. A look into his eyes and you know he is devil, a maniac who will die but not prefer giving up. Give that man an Oscar too!
The others have done a wonderful job too and make this movie what it is.
Direction: Anything said about Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s vision, and his team who have worked hard for this one, would be less. Here’s an emotionally stunted movie that compromises on nothing; yes, ‘The Revenant’ has scenes that are not meant for the weak-hearted. The long and continuous shots of war, of DiCaprio’s fight with the bear, etc., will leave you wanting for more and more.
This isn’t a typical Man Vs Nature flick but it is a mix of Man Vs Nature and Man Vs Man with revenge served the way it is preferred the best- Warm. It is the struggle of Glass that makes this movie a gripping one; and despite all the brutality and rawness of the film, its intense and silent charm makes it one of the most beautiful flicks one would come across.
And what makes this movie visually stunning is its excellent cinematography!
Combo-On-Offer: Action + Drama + Adventure
Verdict: We give the movie THUNDEROUS CLAPS for being beautifully executed flick accompanied by powerful performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.