Review: The Revenant
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu
By Sarah Stopforth
I was completely speechless when I walked out of the cinema after watching Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s The Revenant. In fact, my date asked me what I thought and I didn’t know what to say. In retrospect, I realise that it is not the kind of film you simply watch – you experience it.
In the first fourteen minutes of the film alone, there are only thirteen cuts. It’s insane! These long takes draw you into the time and place. Taking advantage of multiple documentary film making techniques, like natural lighting and wide camera angles, Iñárritu is able to make the audience feel what they’re watching is real. That’s when you know you’re watching a great film – when the unthinkable is made believable.
Watching Leonardo DiCaprio not only act the shit out of his role as a vengeful father and widower, but going through the harrowing journey that his character embarks on, seeing the very breath he breathes fog up the camera lens, makes us feel for the guy. We all want to know if he’s going to survive the winter.
The story was not engaging at times, but this was an afterthought. In that dark cinema, I was immersed in the beauty of the movie.
First Birdman, then The Revenant, two Oscar winning films; I’m excited for what Iñárritu creates next.