Now THIS is cinema! Like Mad Max: Fury Road or Gravity, The Revenant is a film you absolutely need to watch in the theater. I don’t care how big your LCD screen is, it won’t be the same. Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography is gorgeous, the true star of this picture. Combined with naturalist pacing and a subtle score, it transports out of the present day into the beautiful yet terrifyingly dangerous wilderness.
Of course, Leonardo DiCaprio continues his juggernaut performance streak by subjecting himself to more rigors than most of us will experience in a lifetime. He fully deserves all the accolades being heaped on him and more. His brilliant work is supported by another terrific villainous turn from Tom Hardy. Will Poulter rises to the occasion alongside these titans. And hey, look, it’s Domhnall Gleeson again! That guy is everwhere!
Alejandro Iñárritu pulls the best from his talented performers and weaves them into a brutal and breathing tapestry of life and death (mostly death) that gushes out of the screen. I can’t begin to figure out how they shot a lot of it. From the fabled bear attack to other jaw-dropping action scenes, it’s like you’re there living it as the chaos erupts around you. Utter insanity. To call this movie ambitious is an insult. Iñárritu attempts something unlike anything we’ve seen before, and he succeeds in creating a masterpiece.
The Revenant is a theatrical experience not to be missed.