Synopsis: Tracker saves a lot of guy’s lives. Gets mauled by a grizzly. Gets left for dead. Son gets killed. Isn’t dead. Goes after the toerag that killed his son.
Tagline: Blood lost. Life found.
Release Date: 2016-1-8 | MPAA Rating: R | Coolthulhus Earned: 3
Trailer: The Revenant
The Revenant Review
I watched this with my partner, who had actually read the book. I think I was a little more entertained than he was, and I spent most of the movie wiggling my toes and wondering if I should sneak out for a shot or ten of whiskey from the bar to give me the fortification to keep watching it.
Its 2 hours and 36 minutes long. Which is at least 45 minutes longer than it needs to be. The entire middle of the movie is DiCaprio’s character surviving, and not always surviving realistically at that. Now, I’m not an expert, but… he survived a grizzly attack, so he’s obviously not in tiptop form, then he survives being submerged (at times completely) in freezing water in winter? I’m sorry, but, no. There’s this thing called hypothermia, and it’ll even kill healthy people, so I’m pretty sure he was screwed. (This is actually listed on IMDB as factual error, too.) I mean sure, it looks good on film, but when even a layman can look at it and go “uh, no?”, then you might have a problem. There were more errors ( a surprising number considering you’d think they’d have crossed their Ts and dotted their Is for this blatant Oscar grab.), but that is the one that really made me sit up and go “Wait a second…”
On the plus side, the grizzly attack scene was sufficiently gruesome, and there was were a couple scenes were more than a few movie-goers (me included) hissed in sympathy or “ooooh”ed as something particularly gruesome happened. Also, it looks like they actually got Native Americans to play the Native Americans. I noted, too, that they didn’t make the Native Americans out to be toe-rags, instead it was clear that the white guys were the ones who needed an attitude and ethics adjustment So, yay for all that.
I was forced to spend a lot of time watching old Westerns as a child, so I derived a good portion of my entertainment watching The Revenant from comparing the differences in filming, and wistfully thinking it would have been a lot better if it had been filmed back then. Yeah, we might not have seen as much blood, but at least it would have been considerably shorter AND just outright better. Heck, I’m not even a fan of films from that era, and I can say that!
Overall, while it wasn’t a horrible movie, it definitely wasn’t a good one. I summed it up to one of my friends as “2 and 1/2 hours of Leo looking hurt so he could get himself a long-deserved Oscar”. I stand by that assessment. My partner said “They changed the stuff I was hoping they’d change (such as giving a more satisfactory ending), but they could have went ahead and made it a lot more action packed. It was ‘okay’.” Click here to buy The Revenant [Blu-ray] now on Amazon.com