So with Leonardo DiCaprio doing pretty much anything now to get that elusive Oscar win he now joined forces with Academy Award winner powerhouse Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the back of his win with Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) to portray Hugh Glass as a man who pretty much gets everything thrown at him in the American wilderness.
While DiCaprio should get a number of Oscars thrown at him for this film, as well as Tom Hardy in probably his most verbally coherent role I have seen him in, it is to Domnhall Gleeson, who can’t seem to stop appearing in awesome films this year (Ex Machina, Brooklyn and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Will Poulter (rising from films like The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (a not too bad film to be fair) and The Maze Runner) who get my applause for their equally brilliant supporting roles.
Kudos has got to be given to Iñárritu as this film is staggeringly beautiful with shots that never seem to end, making you believe some sort of trickery is used to jump edit shots, beautiful symbolism and character building through fragmented shots and sticking to your guns on near enough everything, be it using natural light to shoot to the bare minimum of computer generated imagery as, although you may have annoyed your crew and actors with your vision, it produced a beautiful film.
Finally I’ve got to give mention to the portrayal of Native Americans in this film as with talents such as Duane Howard, Arthur Redcloud, Malew Nakehko, and Forrest Goodluck all giving sterling performances, who bring a more humanistic approach to indigenous peoples who in previous years have either been shown to be savages on the right or peace loving tree people on the left, with The Revenant finding firm, more true, footing in the middle ground.
The Revenant is a beautifully shot, brilliantly acted, unforgiving bullet wound that may take you a moment to get over and if DiCaprio doesn’t get the Oscar for this then we should all be afraid of what he tries next to get it.