The Revenant is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and it stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson and it is a movie about a man left for dead and his journey back home to take revenge for what is done to him, from the first scenes of this film you will understand one thing this is a hard film to watch it is uncompromising and the setting of the film is very harsh and cruel.
One of the most noteworthy things about this film is the director’s decision to only use natural light to shoot the film so everything that is done here is 100% natural and on location no green screens no CGI nothing like that which lead to what some of the cast called it a nightmare of a shoot. the film is shot in America, Canada and Argentina and the cinematography is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen, it is so beautiful you feel like it is a Terrence Malick movie and it relies on that beauty to keep it movie since the film doesn’t always have a dialog to keep it going. it also relies very much on the powerful and dedicated performance by DiCaprio since he is basically the heart of the movie and he truly did give a perfect performance, he has very little dialog and most of his performance is physical and he really is dedicated to that role, Tom Hardy is another powerhouse in this film although I feel like if Tom Hardy tries any other accent you can’t understand him as well I mean he was easy to understand in Inception because he was speaking through his native accent but in The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max Fury Road and now The Revenant he is hard to understand but that doesn’t take away from how good his performance was.
My only gripe with the movie is its length, it runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes and I feel like it should have cut it a bit short and let it be just 2 hours, also some critics have stated that the dream sequences that DiCaprio has throughout the movie is a bit pretentious but I didn’t feel that way to me it gave the character a lot more depth and made me sympathize with the character a lot more.
Verdict : The Revenant is a breathtaking movie that is beautifully directed and it is backed with a powerful performance from its leading man and the result is nothing but a chilling experience that made me shiver while watching it and I really wish I never find myself in that environment.