Saturday, 9 September 2017

The Revenant

I will admit to being late to The Revenant's party, but I will also admit it's a party well worth admitting to. The story of a guy called Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) out there in the wilds of the Wild West (before it even turned it to be The Wild West), surviving a bear attack to avenge the person who betrayed him, is a simple story by today's standards. It's just that this movie tells it well.
Complexity is added to this tale through weaving in the matter of Native Americans' relationships with the Europeans that were exterminating them. It also has to be said that while Glass was a real person, this - The Revenant movie - is a fictionalised version of his original tale. Through the passage of time and its unreliable sources, our story is bound to be almost as fictional as the Bible's.
Ultimately, The Revenant feels like a long David Attenborough like expansive, two and a half hour long, opus on humans vs nature. I particularly liked friend of this blog Tom Hardy's performance, this time in the role of the baddie.
Overall: 4 out of 5 crabs.

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