2015: #5 The Revenant

Directed by: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Written by: Mark L. Smith and Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Based on: The novel “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” by Michael Punke
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and Forrest Goodluck
Distributer: 20th Century Fox
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 156 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2015
Date seen: 1/9/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $383,633,300+
# of Oscar nominations: 12 (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Makeup, Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, and Best Production Design)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 9 (Best Fight, Best Shootout, Best Set-Piece, Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor, Best Action Movie, and Best Actor)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Best Shootout and Best Actor)

My reaction to The Revenant are… complicated.  On one hand it isn’t really a movie which I’m really prepared to defend on any substantive level at this point.  It is, at its heart a fairly simple revenge narrative, but it’s a revenge narrative that is presented in really emasculate fashion.  On this level the critics who proclaim that the film is style over substance probably have a point, but then the same could be said of Mad Max: Fury Road and it doesn’t get anywhere near the amount of anger from people even though its claims to relevance are about as shaky.  I think the reason I like this one better is that I felt more for its central character’s emotional journey and also because I think it was just that much more perfect in its execution.  Before this I would have said that Alfonso Cuarón was the superior visual stylist out of that particular collective, but here Iñárritu shows that he is pound for pound his equal, this is flat out a visual masterpiece.
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