Monday, February 15, 2016
The Revenant by Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015 (R)
with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Lukas Haas
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 fueled by vengeance, Glass treks through the wintry terrain to track down John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him.
Beautiful movie, with beautiful music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, and at the same time, tough movie with a character that has only left his revenge, and therefor doesn't offer much in terms of emotions, to allow to relate to the characters. The journey is interesting as you are learning along the way the politics of the time, the survival knowledge of the original owners of the land, how nature can be beautiful or destructive. I get that DiCaprio and Iñárritu might win the Oscar, but I hope they give the Award for best movie to someone else.