4.25 / 5
The frontrunner to win numerous awards at The Oscars (nominated for 12) in a few weeks time, The Revenant is an intensely brilliant film that will grip viewers in the opening sequence, and never let go. A thoroughly thrilling story of revenge and a father’s pursuit of delivering justice to the man responsible for taking the one thing that matters most to him. DiCaprio and Hardy are brilliant in their respective roles of this semi-autobiographical film, which will leave your jaw on the floor.
I won’t go into great detail about the film due to the plentiful reviews from fellow bloggers and critics that you may have already read. But I will touch on a few things which left a lasting impression; the cinematography, Leonardo DiCaprio and the overall experience of watching the film.
I will begin with the cinematography, which is perhaps the greatest strength of the film. Throughout the film, the astonishing lighting, framing and sounds created breathtaking scenes that sucked the viewer in, and made them feel as if they were personally involved. From the opening scene of trickling water to the final scene of bated breath, every single second of the film was perfectly captured, and in turn, produced a masterpiece which is sure to see Emmanuel Lubezki win an award at the Oscars.
Leonardo DiCaprio, as you well know endured A LOT in this film. But his performance, which is a shoe-in for Best Actor, is simply incredible. He fully deserves the accolades he has received/ will receive for his portrayal of the avenging father Glass, who has gone through hell in his journey to hunt down Hardy’s character Fitzgerald. DiCaprio has to battle the elements, evade being hunted and a bear attack, in his bid to make it back to the Fort Kiowa where the company have headed for.
I watched the film in the X Plus screening during the day and there were only 5 people in the whole place! I sat in the middle with a perfect view and it was incredible to be in there with practically the cinema to myself, and this only added to a brilliant cinema experience. As I have mentioned earlier, the intensity of the film is the most striking element of the film, and this leads to plenty of hear-pounding moments. These moments make you forget about anything else apart from what is happening on the cinema screen. There are some truly breathtaking moments.
For those of you that haven’t seen it and want to: go see it now! The Revenant is made to be seen at the cinema. If you are on the fence about watching the film, or the film isn’t your cup of tea, then wait till it is available to rent, buy or watch online, and turn all the lights off, turn your phone off and turn the volume up, as you’ll be utterly engrossed by the film in minutes.
If you have a review of The Revenant, let me know and I’ll include it in this post!
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