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Sound Off: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' - Your Thoughts?

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January 8, 2016

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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe…" Now playing in theaters nationwide is the action survival thriller The Revenant, the follow-up feature from Best Director winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (who also won Best Picture with Birdman last year). Based on a true story, Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, a frontiersman left for dead after a vicious bear attack. He manages to stay alive and seek revenge on the man who betrayed him. Also starring Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter and Forrest Goodluck. So how is it? Too pretentious, or sublime? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on Iñárritu's The Revenant.

Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, if possible. However, this is an open discussion from this point on! Beware of spoilers, don't ruin this movie!

To fuel the campfire, I am a big fan of The Revenant, one of my top films of the year. I had to go back and watch it twice in a row, back-to-back in two days, the first time I went to see it because it's such a visceral and powerful experience. Yes, the themes are surface level and there's only so much to it, but I don't mind. It's really just a sad story about how worthless revenge is in the end, I get it, but I still enjoy following along. He goes through all of that crazy shit to survive, chases him all over the place, and yet doesn't gain anything from it. It's a brutal and beautiful film that will make you respect nature. I adore the cinematography by Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki; absolutely stunning, every shot was breathtaking. I never got tired of it either.

Despite all of the criticisms I've heard from colleagues, I still love the film in all its grandeur. One of the best reviews was by Awards Daily's Sasha Stone, who wrote: "The Revenant is about the ghosts of the past, and a harbinger of things to come. It’s about our past, our present and our future. It is also about filmmaking… Far surpassing Birdman in every aspect, The Revenant was a risk worth taking, a film worth making, and one of the most beautiful and breathtakingly rendered works cinematic art of the year." I agree. I don't mind that it may honestly be better filmmaking than storytelling, it's still an exhilarating and grueling cinematic experience. Even though it's an experience that always leaves audiences exhausted, not always for the best.

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What did you think of Alejandro Iñárritu's The Revenant? Brilliant, or overindulgent mess?
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  • Absar Khan
    What a Movie! Every frame was so beautifully shot, superb performances, this movie is really a work of art, and did i mention the Bear Scene? My palms started sweating watching that scene, i haven't felt so much shock and awe watching any other monster/animal/dinosaur/godzilla attack scene as much as i felt watching that scene, That scene is an experience in itself so is the rest of the movie, a must watch 10/10.
  • Alpivan
    The movie was good. Entertaining. One thing that does keep bothering me and it's in regard of most of the movies is the Color. Color correction!. Seems like the guys who work in the industry are mostly color blind cause most of the movies either have cold blue tint whether it's necessary or not. Or lack of any other color except the sepia tones. I noticed that i enjoy movies far less if they lack a wide spectrum of colors and tend to go to movies recently solely based on it's color spectrum. and my god without a doubt all of those movies are still clearly kept in my mind and i would re-watch them. Whereas the Cold blue hue movies left me feeling depressed and i forgot all about them and what they were about. I hope they start bringing color back.
    • I imagine that was done on purpose given the cold environment it was filmed in....adds to the atmosphere?
      • Alpivan
        there are more than one way to convey the feel of the movie. washing away the color is just easy and lazy.
        • Shade
          It is said the movie was shot in all natural light so we could experience the true color. . I saw it that way, maybe your eyes are failing or you have some night blindness issues. BTW some movies need to be shot and their color altered so you could live the effect of that period. Think the greenish tint of Saving Private Ryan or the more yellowish Gladiator and the gloomy Braveheart and imagine how shit it would be if it was true true color. Even saw a color comparison of Man of Steel's blue grey scheme measured against the true full original color scheme, Any of these movies would've bombed at the box office just because it would look unnatural with it's original colors, It would've been a bit unbelievable. Thank goodness you are not a director who needs to keep those things in mind, cause your epic masterpieces would look damn shit .
  • TheOct8pus
    Excellent in many regards, but lacking in one general area. The cinematography was just gorgeous; the play of natural light through the woods, even the lens flares, were masterworks. Iñarritu's direction was, as always, animated and vibrant- as if the camera is a living thing (which it essentially is). DiCaprio's performance may be his best so far for the sheer brutality which he went through to make the performance more believable. Tom Hardy paled in comparison to Leo's insane zombie-like serurgence from the verge of death. The one placed where it lacked was plot/subplot. Rather, the story was simple and didn't get bogged down in dialogue and exposition, but the events fly by so quickly we don't have time to ponder them too much. And essentially the story is of a man treading through the wilderness hell bent on finding and killing his son's murderer. The first scene is amazing. Intense and gritty. The bear scene was brutal too, even though parts of the bear were obviously fake. All in all; a must watch if you're into future Oscar nominee type movies, or if you don't give a shit about the Oscars but just want to enjoy a great movie. 7/10
    • The bear scene was obviously fake? lol. To me fake is that yoda like creature in TFA. With the glasses. She looked like a video game. There was nothing fake about the bear scene and I have seeing the movie 3 times.
      • TheOct8pus
        Yeah.... But first off, it was a great scene in terms of raw brutality, and the shots where a bear "prop" was used (basically a dude in a bear costume) were legitimately scary and realistic. My only qualms with the realism of the bear itself was when the camera did the signature Iñarritu fisheye pan to show the bear's face up close. I just felt like those closeups took me out of the scene every time. And yes, Kaz Manata was goofy.
        • Its Maz. :0 To me and Im (as many here know) super critical, nothing looked fake. Just my observation.
  • fazha
    Loved it. As expected the cinematography was gorgeous, haunting even. It had a Terrence Malick dreamlike quality that borders on visual poetry. Having read the book I was surprised how much it deviated from that story. The beats were there but there were some significant departures, which I liked because I felt they served the story better. It was long but I rarely felt bored because the desolate and beautiful world was so immersive. The battles between the Ree and the American traders as well as the pivotal grizzly attack scene was some of the best period action I've ever seen, tense and gripping.
  • In my eyes the best movie of 2016. Everything was beautiful shot or nerve-racking. The bear mauling is forever in my subconcience. Indeed it's a simple story, it's a revenge story with alot of pain and suffering. If this is the level of movies of 2016 it will be a great year...
    • kinda presumptuous to mention it's the best movie of 2016 considering its only January
  • Astroboy3000
    Beautiful movie. No argument there. I feel like Hugh Glass' story is incredible enough without adding in so many fictional elements. There was no need for the Indians searching for their lost daughter, no need for him to have a son, the mystic, dream moments… definitely no need to rip off Young Guns, The Grey & Star Wars all in the span of 2 minutes. felt like it could have been an hour and a half and said all it needed to say.
    • Bo
      Thanks, I'll now wait and catch it on cable. All your on-point remarks ring true for me as that is what the original movie of Hugh Glass' story was all about. It didn't have the son or the son being murdered; or the Indians searching for a lost daughter; they were just there. The film I am referring to was from 1970 or '71 titled Man In The Wilderness with Richard Harris. One of my favorite films. Shot on film too, by the way. Thanks again for your perspective.
  • Wayne
    Films like this is what AVX and IMAX were made for. Simply fantastic. The long sweeping shots from a gifted filmmaker
  • superultraboy
    Beautiful film...but boring.
  • Derel Swanson
    Too indulgent for my taste... Beautifully shot, but maybe a little "too" beautiful. Just my opinion.
  • Best movie of the year, period. The pacing almost reminds me of movies from the 70s. Directors used to take their time. Acting, cinematography, music and the action beats anything out there. The bear scene alone beats anything of terms of innovation compared to others (ok sad comparison but nothing in TFA could've NOT been done in '78). Just brilliant.
  • I saw it last night, and while I thought it was a great movie, it was quite boring. Also it felt like it was trying too hard to be "great"
  • ali3000
    It's beautiful and great, but also, long and boring. It should have been 30 minutes shorter, AND should have been more about the father and son, and I guess maybe the mother as well.
  • Jonathan
    I've never seen anything like it. I can't even believe it exists. It was exhausting and amazing! I can't believe anyone, calling themselves a movie fan, would say it was boring. It's an achievement beyond just the character/story arc. It's historic and groundbreaking.
  • Paul Precup
    @Jonathan: i totally agree with you.True movie fans will love The Revenant. I have read some reviews from some people that are just....incredibly stupid.I cannot believe people complain about story,or that it is too long and that it is boring.Come on,it is just sad to not understand how good and amazing this movie is.If the Revenant is boring for you,then please avoid amazing movies and go watch Ride Along 2 instead.You will laugh at the childish Kevin Hart- jokes and it will not be boring.

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