The Revenant is about the frontiersman Hugh Glass, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, who is on an expedition with a hunting party, hunting for pelts in the wilderness and get attacked by Native Americans.
There are two equally exceptional yet very different performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. For DiCaprio this is different from what we are used to seeing him in, a bit more brutal and more “dirty”. As for Tom Hardy well, he carried out his role to perfection, closing in on animal levels, he is balancing his character on a fine line, between human and savage animal both with his body language but especially with his mumbling.
Iñárritu for the second year running gives us the movie with the best cinematography of the year. So many times during the film I asked the question “How did they manage to shoot that?” it’s so exquisitely shot that you are left wondering how it was achieved. Emmanuel Lubezki is the man responsible for that aspect of the film, and he really needs to be commended for the amazing job he has done. He is probably going to win the Oscar for a third year in a row.
Alejandro González Iñárritu has masterfully crafted an epic adventure and his genius is so clear to be seen by anyone that experiences this movie. As he says “When you see the film, you will see the scale of it. And you will say, Wow.” It’s so carefully directed, the attention to detail is absolutely staggering.
However, there are some moments, which don’t seem to fit the essence of the movie, trying to achieve a surreal effect, and also at times they seem to dwell a bit longer on scenes than maybe should, taking the running time to 2h 36min. Even though it’s great seeing more of Hugh Glass and his quest, if it was bit shorter, the viewer wouldn’t be able to relax, making it an even more breath-taking and gripping spectacle.
It’s not a movie, it’s an experience. If we count it as a movie released in 2015, this is the best of the lot.