Ok, let’s dive straight in with the cinematography, courtesy of Emmanuel Lubezki; he is clearly the MVP here, as the general look of the film is undeniably gorgeous, epic and wondrous. The locations are breathtaking (I never knew trees could be that tall!) and while watching, I was definitely reminded of “The Lord of the Rings”, since they both have the same epic feel and wondrous grandeur. When the film finally picks up steam, it certainly becomes very engaging and the audience is able to be fully immersed in Inarritu’s world, feeling both the bitter cold and the beauty of a silent, starry night. In addition, the music is brilliantly used and definitely adds to the overall atmosphere.
On to the performances and it goes without saying that Leonardo DiCaprio confidently carries the film, letting the audience clearly see Glass’ determination and bravery. Praise should also be given to Domnhall Gleeson, who is also a strong, commanding presence as Captain Andrew Henry and also to Will Poulter; he is definitely the heart of the movie, playing Jim Bridger with genuine integrity and compassion.
This film also boasts many spectacular set pieces, such as the pivotal bear attack and a wonderfully bloody fight at the end. I went into this film expecting a barrage of gore and blood, but it’s honestly not that bad and the amount of graphic violence used is perfectly acceptable.
However, I have to say that this film has been swept up in Oscar fever too much and while “The Revenant” is a great film to see on the big screen, it has been seriously overhyped. When all the beautiful locations and epic camerawork is taken away, there isn’t too much depth to be found and overall, there isn’t much to be taken away from it. It is overlong and I certainly found my mind wandering at certain points.
So in conclusion, while “The Revenant” is undeniably gorgeous, epic and engaging, it has been overhyped and it lacks depth at certain points.