Movie Reviews: 'The Revenant' A Second Opinion

By Aric Sweeny

The Revenant (Review)

“The Revenant” brings not only the best cinematography of the year, but also the best lead performance in Leonardo Dicaprio as Hugh Glass. Tom Hardy’s role, while not as well performed as Dicaprio, was still incredible and deserves to be in the oscar discussion for supporting actor. 

As you might not have already known, the film was shot in all natural light. All those incredible shots seen involving the forest, night sky, and flowing water used no artificial light whatsoever. That is just one of the many features “The Revenant” brought to the table, along with being a spectacular, yet simple story. 

Immediately walking out of the theater, I truly believed  this film had no problems. After further analysis, though, I feel that the runtime could be cut down by a good 15 or 20 minutes, as there was definitely two or three dull sequences. Other than that, there is no problems big enough to affect my opinion on the film. 

On the topic of Dicaprio’s performance once again, it’s the definitive role of his career. Accounting for all the other magnificent performances 2015 brought us, I do feel that he is the standout among the bunch when it comes to the Oscar race. He brought so much emotion and passion into this role, you truly could tell that he was giving it his absolute all. I mean, c’mon; the man got inside an actual horse carcass, the set had extreme weather challenges, was called a ‘living hell,’ and he even had to eat real dead bison meat. If one can go through this nightmare of filming conditions and still produce such an incredible performance it needs to get recognized in some way. 

Not only did Dicaprio shine, but everyone else did as well. Even the smallest of roles were casted so perfectly, from his child, to the indian chief, to even a random that died within the first 10 minutes. 

The battle scenes in “The Revenant” are truly spectacular. I won’t spoil anything, but the opening and closing sequences of this film need to be seen on the big screen. Not only were they choreographed well, but the use of the right sounds at the perfect times really enhanced the viewing experience.  

As you can tell by my lack of plot recap, you need to go into this film knowing as little as possible. I had only seen the trailers once each, and didn’t know what exactly the story was. I can’t press this enough; going into this movie knowing as little as possible will make the experience that much better.

“The Revenant” brings some of the greatest cinematography of all time, along with stellar performances all around and a story that is captivating from start to finish. 

My Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars