THE REVENANT Review
by John Mastandrea
Here’s my review of The Revenant. So this is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s newest film, and as some of you may know, he made a really great movie called Birdman, which was my favorite movie of 2014. And is this film good? Well, let me start off by saying, this movie is one of the most beautifully shot movies I’ve ever seen. There are so many shots in this movie where you’ll think to yourself “How did they film that?” or “Woahh.”
I said that Birdman has great cinematography but this movie blew me away with every camera shot. The two main actors were Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a frontiersmen who was attacked by a bear and left for dead in the snowy mountains. The man who left him for dead, Fitzgerald (played by Tom Hardy) was the antagonist lead. Both of the actors were fantastic, as usual. But DiCaprio especially amazed me with his performance.
There are other supporting characters that do fine jobs as well, but the true stars of the film are Hardy and DiCaprio. The plot for this movie is basically a revenge story but taking place in the 1800′s. This movie has some great, intense action sequences. And the effects for this movie are very impressive. Not just the CGI effects but the makeup and practical effects. They were so gritty and realistic, I’m really into details like that. The sound design in this movie is very realistic and impressive too. Really adds something to the film and makes you even more inversed into the story.
Now I really don’t have any negatives, and they’re small things. Some people complain about the run time, but it didn’t really bother me. Some people also didn’t like the over use of close up shots, and I will agree it is overused. And lastly, I felt there was bit too many flashbacks (you’ll see what I mean when you watch the film.) That’s really it. I loved this movie. There’s no other movie I can call from this year, an experience. And that’s what The Revenant is.