In school, Alejandro G. Iñárritu would get an A for putting together a simple survival/revenge story with good guys and bad guys and bears. In the theater, The Revenant is grim and logy yet spectacular. Leonardo DiCaprio delivers a striking performance, full of grunting and groaning. Tom Hardy plays the villain, whose transparent selfishness bordering on sociopathy, is the movie’s only source of humor. The real star of The Revenant is DP Emmanuel Lubezki, otherwise known as Chivo. His camerawork and compositions are a testament to clarity, immersing us in the action without confusing us. With bows and arrows replacing machine guns, the opening battle in The Revenant is a mini-version of the opening of Saving Private Ryan. The score by Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai, and Ryûichi Sakamoto is unremarkable and overused.
In English & French & Pawnee.
By Alec Julian & Carrie White