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The Revenant: Oscar Fever
The Revenant: Oscar Fever – In our feature ‘Oscar Fever’ today I am going to review; The Revenant
Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
James W. Skotchdopole
Screenplay by Mark L. Smith
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki
Edited by Stephen Mirrione
The Revenant falls into a little-overrated film category for me, in the essence of being a visually terrific movie but not something I think I can sit through a second time. In the movie, there are brutal sequences that cause emotional stress and disgust by just watching because those are so real and Gripping. To think that events in the movie have actually happened or that they could very well happen is too much for me to think about. Not to say that I did not enjoy this film thoroughly.
The Revenant is a technical masterpiece that left me wondering “How the hell did they do that?” after many scenes and sequences. With beautiful cinematography and adroit camera movement this film is a visual magnum opus. It is apparent that the great minds that put forth this film are none other than the same ones that brought us Birdman: Lubezki and Inarritu. Despite being a brutal film of survivors, there are many long shots without cuts that are sprinkled throughout the film that add a sense of sophistication to it with the added bonus of predominantly location based shooting and natural lighting for the film, that can even make
a novice film watcher raise an eyebrow at its complexity. The camera work is not the only noteworthy aspect of the film; The actors did a superb job executing their roles. Everyone is raving about DiCaprio’s performance and rightly so, this is arguably his best to date and definitely the toughest role yet, but I’ll also talk about Hardy’s brutal and gritty character Fitzgerald.
Granted, half the words that came out of his mouth were unintelligible but he left no doubt in my mind that he was fully devoted to his role and bringing Fitzgerald alive instead of just Hardy playing a character named Fitzgerald. He was simply amazing.
With all this said, there are still many flaws in the film. At some points, it was dragging on and moving too slow. It gave the impression that the film itself was cocky and wanted to show off all of its beautiful scenery and camera work too much.
Then there were the “he shouldn’t be alive” situations. Hugh Glass was a real guy that really did survive a bear mauling but in the film, they make this guy practically immortal. There were too many instances where I was thinking “he should be dead three times over right now”, the plot is also nothing sort of novel, it is the same revenge saga but this time a barbaric one. Dialogues are also not that impactful. But Its sassy Cinematography, intelligent Direction, intense and ‘Can do anything for it’ kind of performance by the actors made it a strong film. Not surprised with the nominations at the Oscars in acting and technical category but if you’ll ask me I’ll not nominate it in the best film category. And for Leo, best chance to win his 1st Oscar best actor. All in all a good film that I only recommend to seasoned and mature film viewers.