Depending on who you ask The Revenant is either a masterpiece of film making that beautifully tells the story of a man’s quest for revenge in the harsh wilderness or it’s a overly long movie that looks nice but is mostly forgettable when it comes to everything else. I’m somewhere in the middle.
The Revenant tells the somewhat true story of Hugh Glass. A man who is left for dead and is seeking revenge on the man who killed his son. Through doing this he has to traverse a vast and deadly landscape, surviving extreme weather conditions and doing whatever he can to stay alive.
In terms of story there isn’t really anything here to get excited about. It’s the classic revenge plot that we’ve seen a hundred times before. But what makes this movie special is how it’s all executed. The film is mainly here to be a visual experience and it succeeds at that in pretty much every way. Some of the shots in this movie are just breath taking and it’s hard to imagine how they were pulled off.
The action scenes in this movie were not only intense but at times they were just hard to watch. Especially the scene where the main character get’s mauled by a bear mostly because it looks so realistic. Same goes for pretty much every other action scene or effect in the film.
Pretty much everyone pulled together a great performance in this movie. Including Leonardo DiCaprio who isn’t given much to say but through actions and expressions is able to make you feel for him and feel what kind of pain he’s going through. And the more the movie throws at him the more you want to see him get through all of it. Tom Hardy also plays the main antagonist well, even though the character himself is pretty one dimensional.
But I have to say that if you don’t care about visuals, cinematography or even performances then there’s not much this movie will do for you. Like I said before there’s not much story here and even what is there isn’t all that great. Behind all of the pretty shots and beautiful scenery the movie is mostly hollow. It’s the kind of movie that sort of falls dead if you don’t appreciate what was going on behind the scenes. Like how hard it would’ve been to shoot this movie or how the movie contains almost no CGI or artificial lighting.
When it comes down to it, I can see why a movie like this would be praised as much as it is. In terms of just being a visual and audio experience, The Revenant is a masterpiece. But if you don’t care about any of that or are looking for something more, then you most likely will be disappointed.
The Revenant Is A Good Movie