I have been waiting for this movie ever since the Academy released its list of nominees for this year. The Revenant stood tall with whooping 12 nominations including the top three - best picture, best actor and best director.
|The Revenant - Movie Review|
Enough of pre-review talks, let’s get started. As you know, this review is all about story, screenplay, music and performances.
What makes you stay seated?
Performance is the foremost thing making you stay seated throughout the movie. Leonardo DiCaprio has done complete justice breathing and struggling as a tormented Hugh Glass. It’s a nerve-racking performance as you can’t actually see Leonardo on screen, but Glass by himself. Unlike his previous movies where he relies much on dialogues, here he relies more upon physicality. Eating raw bison liver, sleeping into a dead warm horse and sinking into icy waters, Leonardo has given all he’s got for this movie. While Tom Hardy is rough as a Fitzgerald, Domhall Gleeson is spot on as Captain Andrew. All other crew members lived upon to their best possible show.
Screenplay is another element that creates awe. Magical cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki, picturesque locale and powerful dialogues keep the visuals intact. Lubezki’s technical brilliance with camera (digital Arri Alexa) is the prime reason behind every awe-inspiring visual. Be it a frozen landscape, tiny drop dripping from the ice, never-ending horizon, massive herd of bison and the miraculous bear fight, Lubezki has done it all at ease. The shot of Grizzly bear pouncing over Mr. Glass is one of the best. Stephen maintained the precision of the sequence with sharp cuts and editing.
Story is simple yet intuitive. Good work by Alejandro by adding the fictional revenge element as well as maintains the pace of the movie without affecting the plot by itself. Hugh Glass, a legendary frontiersman on his fur trading expedition gets mauled by a grizzly bear to death. His men abandon him to death on their way and also killed his son in front of him. Glass comes back from death, endures nature’s ferocity for settling his scores.
Music by Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto is very subtle and soothing to ears. It went along the script maintaining the poignant touch throughout the movie.
The Revenant is the movie that touches upon the nature’s pay back to human beings in a heartrending manner.
Story - 4 / 5
Screenplay - 5 / 5
Music - 3.5 / 5
Performance - 5 / 5
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The Revenant - Movie Review Reviewed by T R Gowthama on 15:54 Rating: