Alejandro Gonzàlez Iñàrritu’s ‘The Revenant’ is inspired by the experiences of Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. The film follows Glass’s attempts to survive after a brutal bear attack and abandonment by his fellow hunters.
The plot tends to mellow during the film, and is mainly carried through the camerawork. The film provides astounding cinematography through the directorial vision of Iñàrritu. If nothing else, the film is a visual pleasure from extreme close ups of emotion to breathtaking landscapes.
Many have tipped the film to be DiCaprio’s shoe in for an Oscar, after never winning previously. Yet, DiCaprio’s performance is far from revolutionary. Yes, it’s good but no better than his performance in Django Unchained or The Wolf of Wall Street. Di Caprio is out shined by his co-star, British Tom Hardy who coins a southern American accent and merciless attitude to play ‘Fitzgerald’.
The film doesn’t leave you with any set emotion, you don’t feel overwhelmed or particularly challenged. However, DiCaprio does showcase his undeniable talent and the film includes some radiant shots, making the film worth the watch.