I still cannot believe that Leonardo DiCaprio still has not received an Academy Award, because it is films like The Revenant is why he deserves it. Considering that his character has very little dialogue, his entire performance relies solely on the way he interacts with the wilderness in order to get the man who killed his son, Hawk. He does a fantastic job playing a man who knows the ways of nature, but has many disadvantages that range from the Arikara to his wounds.
There has been plenty of excellent things about the production. From the environment to the makeup, it can range from the beauties and realism of nature to the disturbing and bloody mess that Hugh Glass goes through in the entire film. From forests to dead animals, this film has a setting that has a combination of beauty and haunting.
The director, Alejandro González Iñárritu seems to be a fan of cinematography, because it is worth noting on its own. Like his previous film, he likes to create long shots in order to make sure we feel like we are part of what is happening in this film. There are risks of taking these shots, but he does a fantastic job making the film seem real with his camera work.
The CG may be really good, but they do stand out. It feels like they belong in a CG-animated movie or a video game.
This film can be considered slow for some people, so a fair warning for those who want to know.
Alejandro González Iñárritu has caught my attention with his last film, Birdman. I was not really a fan of it, but I acknowledge that it is a great film. Now with a film based on a book that is based on real people (which I do not know if it is accurate or not), The Revenant is surely one of my favorite films of the year (and I will post a Top 10 Films of 2015 pretty soon, so please wait). Great performances, fantastic camerawork, beautiful settings, and superb directing is what makes this a phenomenal film. It impresses me that despite having a few dialogue moments, they managed to tell a story through visuals only. That is great visual storytelling, and I hope to see more of Iñárritu’s work in the future.