14A) The Revenant
20th Century Fox.
14A for Coarse Language, Sexual Violence, Graphic Violence
Running Time: 156 Minutes.
3 and a half stars out of 4.
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu follow up to last year's Oscar winning Birdman, for which he won three Oscars for, is an ambitious, thrilling, and brutal cinematic masterpiece. The Revenant is the film for which Leonardo DiCaprio will win his long awaited Best Actor Oscar for. The Revenant is simply fantastic. Fuelled by Iñárritu's inspiring and thought provoking screenplay which he cowrote with Mark L. Smith, and Emmanuel Lubezki's beautiful cinematography, make for The Revenant to be a big screen cinematic experience unlike no other. The ensemble cast led by Leonardo DiCaprio all do solid work and Tom Hardy makes for a menacing antagonist to DiCaprio's George Glass, though I always had trouble understanding what he was saying. For all of the risks that Iñárritu's takes with The Revenant, I will say that this film is way too long, and I feel that some scenes, particularly towards the end, could have been cut out or trimmed extensively. Despite this, I was engaged by much of this film, and appreciate what Iñárritu was attempting to do. The visuals, production design, and acting in particular, and as for the Bear Attack, it is simply fantastically terrifying.
Into the wild, The Revenant is truly something special.