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Review: The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio sporting the beard of his character, Hugh Glass

The worst part about being in Britain is getting ‘Oscar-bait’ films later than our cousins across the Atlantic, but The Revenant is most definitely worth the wait.

The film is set in 1823, the story of a struggle for survival, being left for dead and fighting the way back to get revenge. This is where The Revenant shines, with a spellbinding narrative of one man versus the wilderness – one of the most gripping stories of the year.

Its cast includes leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street, The Great Gatsby) and Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises), both of whom give some of the best performances of the last year. The way the film is crafted, with excellent cinematography and directing, is especially worth a mention and anyone with an eye for either of these crafts should make a point of seeing it.

Kananaskis Country, Canada; the primary filming location. By: Dave Bloggs, CC BY 2.0
Kananaskis Country, Canada – the primary filming location

The Revenant received much buzz at the Oscars gaining twelve nominations, deserved, not least, by the demands of a remote location and the use of natural light in all scenes but one. Alejandro González Iñárritu, (Director) is no stranger to winning Oscars, having won ‘Best Directing’ and ‘Best Picture’ for his film ‘Birdman’ last year.

The film is not flawless; my mind started to wonder between some of the survival stunts, but overall is very much worth 160 minutes of anyone’s time and the film definitely deserves five stars over four.

★★★★★