I had a gripping afternoon watching the grisly drama, The Revenant. After hearing that Leo (we are on a first name basis after The Titanic, heh) won the Golden Globes for best actor, I was rather anticipating a good show. I’m not entirely disappointed, but a little. *possible spoiler ahead*
I love all the outdoor shots! Emmanuel Lubezki pulled another amazing one with the cinematography. And the landscape of Calgary, Canada was just stupendous. There was a quiet power in all of the landscape shots that lends an aura to the film. The harshness and matter-of-fact conditions was beautifully captured. Director Alejandro G Inarritu’s decision to shoot only with available light certainly paid off. It was a visual poetry.
The bloody & violent scenes throughout the film made an impression on me. I’m not a fan of it. I guess it was to push across the drama and emotions of the lead character, Hugh Glass. I feel that I need to learn to be a bit more outdoorsy. There’s a certain rawness required to deal with nature. Its not pretty all the time. I’m talking about survival skills, which living in the city makes me a likely candidate as hunted game. Heh. Its a different world out there dealing with mother nature.
I was sad and upset over the theme of how the Native Indians was conquered by the Whites. This is the part where the disappointment kicks in. It seems like another film of a white man, in his white world, seeking his white revenge with the Native Indians in the background being killed, decimated, raped, made used of, conquered and domesticated for further usage. There were many points in the film where he was helped by the ‘savages’ against other white men to achieve his goal. But sadly, he returned none of their gestures of friendship and kindness. I mean, HELLO, where’s the gratitude?! I need to remember that this is the story about Hugh Glass after all and not about Native Indians. But oh well..
I hope they win for Cinematography, Best Director (Inarritu did great work with directing), Best Supporting Actor (Tom Hardy is good), Best Set Design (because nature rocks than any other set!). I’m not sure if Leo is good for Best Actor but what he went through during the shoot was not easy. But then again, the cast and crew did go through some really difficult shooting conditions! Take a look at the link here for more behind-the-scenes news. I’ve always loved the nuggets of filmmaking.
I’m giving this a 6/10. I still can’t get over the injustice which I’m entirely missing the point I know.
Heh. Tell me what you think okay. I would love to have a conversation about this.