The Revenant Review


  • In one of my most anticipated fall movies, The Revenant is from Alejandro Iñárritu, the director of Birdman, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy.
  • And this movie is ultimately a survival story of DiCaprio’s character left for dead by Hardy’s character set on the 19th century frontier.


  • Now let’s start off with that premise for a minute, because the plot and script is the thing that I had a problem with in this movie.
  • And usually I won’t start with negatives, but in this case it should be recognized right away.
  • This movie has been pitched to you as like a frontier action movie or revenge story, but it really isn’t.
  • This movie is 2.5 hours and about 2 of those hours is DiCaprio surviving in the woods.
  • It’s much more of a survival story than a revenge story.
  • That being said, the revenge part is the coolest part of it, because these characters playing off of each other are SO fascinating.
  • You have DiCaprio who’s a family man, a navigator, and ultimately knows his stuff.
  • Then you’ve got Hardy, who’s trying to prove himself but doesn’t feel like he should have to.
  • Seeing those ideologies clash at the very beginning and the very end is just unbelievable.
  • And both DiCaprio and Hardy show off their acting chops in this movie. I may be in the minority, but I’d even say that I liked Hardy more than DiCaprio.
  • That being said, DiCaprio goes through this really mind-blowing and harsh journey that is insane to watch.
  • The journey is a bit too long in points, but it shows off what DiCaprio has as an actor.
  • But the real star of this movie is one we haven’t gotten to yet.
  • Alejandro Iñárritu.
  • This man is going to be in Hollywood for a LONG time.
  • I think he’s won the Best Director Oscar, even if the movie overall wasn’t OUTSTANDING.
  • This movie was shot in all natural light, with no lighting crews or anything.
  • And you can tell from one of the first shots in this movie when you see a river and it looks like a real river, not just a cheap river created on a sound stage.
  • That feel adds a lot to the movie, it puts you in this place. Iñárritu also gets great performances out of his actors, as I already said, and continues to use long shots like he did in Birdman to tie those two elements together well.
  • So guys, in the end, The Revenant wasn’t as GREAT as I hoped it would be, it’s definitely slow at times and can have time shaved off.
  • The long runtime does allow for DiCaprio, Hardy, and especially Iñárritu to show off their skills though, and each is fantastic.
  • I think this is a movie you’ll hear a lot about at the Oscars and that Iñárritu has Best Director in the bag.
  • And I would say that The Revenant is Awesome and Worth Checking Out Multiple Times.


So guys, those are my thoughts on The Revenant! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments down below, I know this movie isn’t out in wide release yet, but check it out when it is! And as always, thanks for reading guys.


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