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The Revenant (2015)The Revenant will certainly go down as the year's best-shot and… More The Revenant will certainly go down as the year's best-shot and best-looking film thanks to the wonderful cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki. We could very well have another directing win from Alejandro Inarritu to compliment the wonderful landscapes and breathless panoramic shots of the Canadian wilderness. But I think what most people are trying to figure out is if Leonardo DiCaprio can complete the triumvant come awards time and pick up his first Oscar for a leading role. Though Hollywood experienced one of its best years in terms of box office numbers thanks to some of the massive franchises continuing, I think it was clearly a year where the film as a whole overshadowed the individual on the screen. Having said that, and without another truely outstanding male performance from another film, yes, I do believe we finally get to see Leo hoist the Oscar in a month. The Revenant is raw and unbridled with its story about a fur trapper and his group caught in a continuing battle for both land and resources against the Indians. DiCaprio's character is at odds with some of the men in part to his assumed treason through brief flashbacks of turning on his men to save his son years ago whom he had with an Indian woman. While that part of the story certainly won't wow any movie goers, the true heartbeat of this film lies with the building tension between Tom Hardy and DiCaprio. I will be astounded if Hardy isn't at least nominated for his portrayal as Fitzgerald. What's great about Hardy aside from the fact he is a phenomenal actor is the way he presents someone who we are supposed to perceive as the villain in such a logical way as to therfore have us at least think harder about actually agreeing with his motives though they may be questionable. I don't know what it is about Domnhall Gleason, but I just cannot stand him as an American in these gritty films. His accent slips a bit at times and while it isn't unbearable or probably noticeable to most of the audience, I'm just not a fan. My only other knock would be the length of the film. Because of the expert filming, we get lots of long establishing and lingering shots. So, the story slows down to a crawl at times to just watch Leo struggle or really make sure we as the audience are entrinched in the mythology of the Native Americans. The Revenant will win awards and should go down as one of if not the best film of the year. winning mean this was his best performance of his career to deserve it? Probably not, but he can certainly spike this one into his filmography as the toughest role he's probably had to play in his great career.
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