First of all, the most important thing about “The Revenant” that you need to know is that Leonardo Dicaprio is definitely going to win the Oscar for best actor. Just like I called that Christian Bale would win in 2010 for “The Fighter”, I am making a call for Leo to win best actor this year. Anyone else winning would just be wrong.
Back to the film, what is really impressive and really makes it work beyond Leo, Tom Hardy and other performances is the amazing locations and cinematography. This movie is shot with a lot of wide angle lenses and the effect is that you feel more intimate with the actor on screen and you also can see more of the background and see it in better focus. This is actually an interesting technique since many times these types of movies have long lens telephoto shots of the actors that isolate them from their environment and blur the background. Those shots are then mixed with sweeping or static shots of the wilderness or landscape. What we see in “The Revenant” is unconventional and the result is extremely effective. It definitely made me feel more emotionally involved with the characters and what was going on.
If there is a downside to the film, it’s that the plot becomes fairly predictable as the story goes on. You pretty much know what has to be done to complete the storyline and what will satisfy the audience. This isn’t necessarily bad as “The Revenant” is all about the execution. This is definitely a movie worth seeing and one of the best films of 2015.
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