Review by Carla Renata for UBNRadio.com and CarlaRenatasCorner.com. Ok...I have to admit , when I heard there was a massive scene involving a bear and my beloved Leo, my interest in this film waned. Not to mention the fact that word of mouth on it was that it was really bloody and violent...two things that never sit well with me and two reasons why I NEVER watch horror films.
However, after being in the press room at the Oscars and seeing Leo finally take home the gold I though to myself...Gurl! check out your boy and see what is really up with this bear action.
Needless to say, I finally watched it and it was everything everyone said it was. It was violent, bloody and there was massive action concerning a bear brawl. But, Leonardo DiCaprio did his thing and I'm pretty sure the fact that he was giving us the movie star Grizzly Adams look while speaking a Native Indian dialect didn't hurt his chances this time around.
The Revenant, set somewhere in the 1820's, revolves around Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) after the loss of their wife/mother set out on an expedition with fellow fur trappers, when Hugh is injured. Left for dead, Hugh fights for his life and for revenge of a loved one against a friend turned enemy.
In a year that has incited so much discussion about diversity, it was refreshing to see a film that utilized so many Native Americans in the cast and the crew. Native American are an ethnic group that is very under utilized on-screen, so I was elated to see them throughout the film and not in a stereotypical way. Yeah!!!!
Tom Hardy had a stellar year (LEGEND, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, THE REVENANT) landing in two Oscar nominated films. As John Fitzgerald, I wanted to slap the taste out of mouth, which makes his unbelievable in The Revenant. All that means, is that hardy did an exemplary job and this film is worth seeing on his performance alone.
Other notable performances are from Forrest Goodluck as Hawk and Will Poulter as Bridger.
And now for praises to my secret crush...which now is NO longer is secret for Alejandro G. Inarritu. This man gives genius a whole new face and energy. As writer, director and producer, he and Leo took home the Oscar and deservedly so. Inarritu and his cinematic collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki make any location look breathtakingly stunning and creates a completely independent character with the lens.
If you haven't seen The Revenant, you can now catch it on DVD and live streaming online via iTunes, VUDU, Amazon and more.