MOVIE REVIEW – “THE REVENANT”

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YEAR OF THE LEO

I believe it. IT HAS TO BE TRUE!

LEONARDO DICAPRIO WILL WIN THE ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR THIS YEAR!

All you Leo fans can start celebrating.

Before I go on a crazy tangent about Leo though…

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I’ll talk more about the film.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki have done it again.

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This is an absolutely beautiful film (it is a STROOONG contender for best cinematography). It’s full of beautiful landscape shots, in-your-face close ups, and frenetic, uncut action sequences that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I would go as far to say that this film was shot PERFECTLY. When I was watching it, I felt like I was really there, trudging through the frontier. The film sucks you into it’s world and doesn’t let go for its (sometimes equally brutal) 2 hour and 36 minute run time.

Yes, my only complaint is the fact that the film sometimes begins to feel like, as Bilbo said, thin.

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This is a spot on analogy for the film. I understand that the film is supposed to wear you down; you are supposed to share in Leo’s long and gritty journey and blah-blah-blah-blah. But seriously. It gets hard to sit still after being fed shot upon shot of walking through the tundra.

That being said, the film will distract you enough with absolutely gorgeous cinematography, top-of-the-line acting, and disgusting (yet awesome) action sequences. If you sit through this film, you will be satisfied, because you’ll feel like you’ve just completed an incredible journey with Leo himself. It’s tough , but it’s worth it.

And afterwards you can both ride into the sunset and have babies and…..

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Sorry.

THE CAST IS FANTASTIC

Let’s forget about Leo for a moment (I know it’s hard) and talk about the other main cast members, Will Poulter, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson. They hold the film together as much as Leo, if not more. I could easily see Tom Hardy getting nominated for best supporting actor. Also, Domhnall Gleeson is a terrific actor, and it is my personal belief that he is one of the most underrated and talented actors around. Check out his filmography if you aren’t familiar.

But the best part of this talented cast…..

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(there he is, on the way to pick up his Oscar)

Leo broke himself down and committed himself more than he ever has before. He said that the film was the hardest thing he’s ever done as an actor, and you can see it (except for maybe “The Great Gatsby”, which, let’s all admit, kind of sucked).

The crazy thing is that he doesn’t really have that many lines; He captivates you with pure actions. A sign of a great actor is one that can communicate without speaking, and whenever Leo is on the screen, we are right there with him.

 

If you are willing to trudge through a long, beautiful movie with terrific acting and a big payoff, go see this film.

If not, watch Gatsby or something.

 

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Enjoy that Oscar, buddy.

 

 

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