Release date: December 25, 2015 (USA)
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith
Music composed by: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto, Bryce Dessner
Leonardo DiCaprio is an amazing actor that is at a point (and has been) in his career where he can afford to take or turn down any role for any reason. He’s passed on Robin (Batman & Robin), Spiderman, and a myriad of other high profile roles.
For whatever reason he decided to take the starring role in The Revenant. This movie is long (2 hours 36 minutes). It’s brutal. It’s based on a true story. But is that enough? Even with Leonardo playing the lead it really seemed to drag on. It was a lot like Passion of the Christ except the main character was someone we have never really heard about.
If I was reviewing Leonardo or Tom Hardy’s Roles I would say they were outstanding, but the movie itself… the main meat and potatoes of the meal is just… meh. Of course I felt terrible about his son, and the bear attack was stunning! It just wasn’t enough. There are long scenes in this film that just went on and on. The characters weren’t really interesting enough (yes even that of Hugh Glass (Leonardo’s character).
After the first couple of hours you just want to scream “I get it he gets the shit knocked out of him and he should be dead, please get to the part where he kills Tom Hardy already so I can go home”.
I give the Revenant a solid 2 stars. That’s it. Sorry Leonardo, you should really pick something a little more interesting next time. GG