the revenant





A brutal but brilliantly filmed descent into hell, The Revenant is not for the faint of heart. Loosely based on an improbable but true story, its two-and-a-half hours of unrelenting intensity may leave the viewer exhausted but make no mistake about it, this is masterful filmmaking. One is immersed in a surreal, primal realm that becomes quite dreamlike and archetypal; a world of savage beauty. Primarily shot using only natural daylight, the stunning cinematography is often breathtaking, and those expansive widescreen vistas keep things from feeling too claustrophobic. A visceral, largely wordless performance by Leonardo DiCaprio is balanced by a fantastic turn by Tom Hardy. The atmospheric Ryuichi Sakamoto score adds to the tension yet promises a worthwhile listen on its own. With films as disparate as Amores Perros and Birdman under his belt, it's clear that director Alejandro González Iñárritu was born to make great cinema.

2 comments:

  1. glad to know darling. i've read conflicting reviews & was unsure of what to think.

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    1. The negative reviews I've read all seem to have some sort of agenda. Obviously this sort of film isn't for everyone, but I was surprisingly impressed by it all. It completely took me to another world.

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