Friday, January 8, 2016
The Revenant Review: Drama Survives with Strong Performances and Tones
Dealing on one of the novel's tales, The Revenant captures Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the Louisiana Purchase. Things go astray when Glass is attacked by a bear and is on the brink of death. After being carried by his fellow hunting party, Glass is left for dead by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy); who kills Glass' son in the process. Recovering from the incident, Glass makes his way through the harsh environment in order to get his revenge on Fitzgerald.
There is much to take in when it comes to The Revenant's plot. When it comes right down to it, this was a story about survival. Most of the film's events deal with Glass surviving the harsh elements. Survival stories are nothing new especially these days, Yet I will say that this theme worked in favor of the film. Seeing Glass surviving the wilderness was certainly thrilling to say the least. However, though this film was strong in its concepts, it did have an issue in the matter of execution. The story by no means threw me off or confuse me, but I thought it could be a bit excessive in its direction. Certain points in the story either dragged on or had little to no purpose to the overall plot. A cased example of this is the chief of the Arikia searching for his daughter. This subplot had little impact to the overall story as its payoff was practically mute. When it came to a matter of being complex there was not much to the plot of The Revenant; but this is not to say that the movie did not have an effective story.
I cannot say that The Revenant was a masterpiece, but was a well made film. The film had a need to be excessive and that hurt overall presentation in the long run. However the movie makes up for its shortcomings with its strong tones, great performances and its atmospheric cinematography. The Revenant may not be a film thought provoking film, but it certainly gets the job done by being unique; and it made for a solid film from Alejandro G.Inarritu.