The Revenant is a 2015 superb adventure drama directed by previous year’s Best Director, Alejandro González Iñárritu. It is by far the most artistically beautiful movie in all the eight Oscar 2016 nominees.
I regret now that I haven’t begun the Oscars reviews marathon with this one, because it revealed itself to be my favorite in all eight. This is partially based on the novel with the same name written by Michael Punke in 2002.
The Revenant’s History
It is funny that in 2001, when producer Akiwa Goldman acquired the rights to The Revenant even before the book was published, they had in mind Samuel L. Jackson. The project was stalled until 2010, when the studios negotiated with Christian Bale to star, and with John Hillcoat (The Road – 2009) to direct. In 2011 they signed on Iñárritu. He initially wanted Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn for the two leading roles. After he finished Birdman, (Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay, all in 2015), Alejandro González Iñárritu began filming The Revenant, with some unusual methods in modern movie production. He used only natural light, he extracted the last drop of juice from his actors using twelve different locations in three countries (Canada, United States and Argentina, all three of them being suited for the natural requests for this special book).
The Plot Without Too Many Spoilers
You know that I don’t like spoilers, but I think that here is necessary to tell some more about what this movie is about, especially that it’s not a mystery thriller full of surprises. It doesn’t have a very rich screenplay either, because it’s a movie about wilderness, on the American – Canadian border, at the beginning of the eighteenth century. It has Native Americans (Arikara warriors), white Americans and French Canadians as hunters, trappers and fur collectors. The trailer is extremely revealing for this wonderful filmed movie’s nature. It is based on true events, and it is a story of revenge.
The Revenant stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass, a trapper mauled by a female Grizzly bear, Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald, a jealous fellow trapper who has to take care of Glass on the way back to the fort where they were based, Domhnall Gleeson as Andrew Henry, captain of the party, and Will Poulter as Bridger, a young trapper designated to help Fitzgerald. There are some Natives as well. The script is credited to Mark L. Smith and Iñárritu. You see that Hardy and DiCaprio met again in a significant production. I don’t want to repeat what I have read everywhere, but this is filmmaking at its finest.
The Revenant’s Trailer
The Revenant is the best movie in the lot of eight. All of them are considered very good, but you know, the best is spotted from far and away. Don’t avoid it, you’ll have one of the best cinematic experiences in your life.
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