The Revenant (2016)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
What has the director done before?
Alejandro González Iñárritu is literally an international director having sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a cargo ship between the ages of 16 and 18, working his way through Europe and Africa. You can feel the international influences in his films that cinematically focus on the beauty and brutality of both natural landscapes (The Revenant) and the urban jungle (Amores Perros and 21 Grams).
Over the years González Iñárritu has garnered wide critical acclaim for his films and with each year that goes by the more Oscars he gets nominated for. Last year González Iñárritu won three Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best picture for Birdman, he is on track to do the same again with The Revenant which has 12 nominations.
Who would win the Oscar?
With 12 Oscar nominations already, someone has to win an Oscar. Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for Best Actor and Tom Hardy for Best Supporting actor for their roles in The Revenant. I think this will finally be the year Leonardo DiCaprio will win after years of being snubbed by The Academy I’m sure this will be the year they undo their wrongs.
It’s about time the Academy starts to award actors who consistently churn out acting gold, not those who bring out 1 or 2 good films and a TV show after a string of terrible films e.g. Matthew Mcconaughey. I like a Mccona-comeback as much as the next guy, but L (for Leonardo) comes before M (for Mcconaughey).
Who should we thank behind the scenes?
We should thank the cinematographer, director and the actors first. But then everyone who worked on this film deserved to be thanked as you have probably heard The Revenant shoot was branded a living hell by the crew. They had to work in sub-zero conditions in god forsaken locations. The film was shot using only natural and fire light, which obviously caused shooting time restrictions added on top of that there were continuous delays due to Iñárritu’s preference to shoot in chronological order. So they should be thanked because there suffering really paid off and they made a great film.
How does this relate to the real world?
The film is based on true events. There really was a man named Hugh Glass (Leonardo Dicaprio) a trapper guide with the Rocky Mountain Fur Co, who was really attacked by a Bear and left for dead by his workmate John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). He went on a journey for several weeks through the wilderness surviving on the meat of a buffalo calf till it went rancid. His plan was to get his revenge on Fitzgerald, whether he failed or not is for you to find out through watching the movie, which is semi accurate to the events that actually took place
What sorts of movies are similar?
There was one particular movie that came to mind when I was watching The Revenant and this was Valhalla Rising by Nicholas Winding Refn, it has similar themes and Native American visuals to The Revenant, Valhalla Rising is also as violent as or even more violent than The Revenant. Valhalla Rising didn’t do to well in the box office but I personally found it visually engaging and haunting check out the trailer below: