My husband can’t stay awake through movies anymore. I pick on him about it but it’s not really his fault. Anyone who works as hard as he does is going to be exhausted at the end of the day, so I don’t mind it if he snoozes while I watch. He DIDN’T sleep through The Revenant though. No, he sat straight up and enthusiastically watched all 156 minutes of it. I asked what he thought afterwards and he said The Revenant was “really good.” My husband is an understated man, so that’s the equivalent of ME tearfully declaring my undying love for a film.
The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio, as real-life explorer Hugh Glass. Glass became famous after surviving a bear attack in 1823, even though members of his expedition left him for dead. Alejandro G. Inarritu directed it, and you know that name because he also directed last year’s Birdman. I honestly didn’t love Birdman as much as everyone else and was staunchly Team Boyhood when Oscar season rolled around. I was completely bowled over by The Revenant though, and I mean that quite literally. I crawled around in my seat and threw my hands up in the air. I cried out multiple times and don’t even get me started on the bear scene. Holy crap, THE BEAR SCENE! You’ll know it when you see it.
The Revenant tells a powerful, tremendously engrossing story but it also does so using some of the most gorgeous cinematography I’ve ever seen. The shots are sweeping and elegant, which makes the violence happening onscreen seem even MORE graphic. It manages to be beautiful and horrible all at the same time, which means that The Revenant is not easy viewing. No, you won’t be popping this one in while nursing some Sunday hangover in the future. You might not even be able to watch it more than once.
But you should watch it, at least that one time. Even if it’s just to see the bear. –A+