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The Revenant


The Revenant

Sam Arvin

        The Revenant, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, is a sprawling epic of a man named Hugh Glass played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

         The Revenant takes place in 1823 against the backdrop of the unexplored American frontier. 

        I was left cringing when Glass was brutally mauled by a bear and betrayed and left behind by a member of his hunting party named John Fitzgerald, played by Tom Hardy.  

       Up-close camera work made it impossible to miss all of the grisly and raw moments. 

        Glass is motivated by revenge to reunite with his group and ultimately find Fitzgerald, despite being mortally wounded from the bear attack. 

        The Revenant showcases the beauty of the unknown as the film follows Glass and the frontiersman as they try to reach safety against all odds. 

        The characters scale snow-capped mountains and cross broad, open plains.

        Iñárritu superbly directs the film, incorporating shots that put into scale how miniscule the frontiersman are compared to the wilderness that they must endure.

       Iñárritu won a Golden Globe for Best Director - Motion picture.

        Minimalistic dialogue allowed me to bask at the vast, barren, and beautiful environment of The Revenant

        The lack of dialogue also made me speculate what was going through Glass’s head at times, although DiCaprio’s Golden Globe-winning acting performance made it easy to sense his character’s pain and resolve. 

        DiCaprio received a well-deserved standing ovation at the Golden Globes Sunday night after winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. 

        A major factor in my viewing experience was the haunting soundtrack, composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. 

        By the end of the movie I felt mentally exhausted, although I would watch it again in a heartbeat. 

       The award-winning direction and lead acting left myself, and the entire theater, in awe. 

        The Revenant took home three awards last night at the Golden Globes, including Best Director – Motion Picture, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, and Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Rating: 9.5/10