QUICK REVIEW: The Revenant

16 Jan

So there’s been a lot of hype surrounding this film for many months especially with Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s filming in natural light and Leonardo DiCaprio’s hopes for an Oscar win too, and after this film came out last year in the US there was so much hype and positivity for the film. For me I’ve been wanting to see this for SO long and my hype levels were super high, and finally got to see it last night and I can pass judgement.


The plot can be described as the following:

I have to mention before I continue that I hate watching films in the cinema at night, I tend to get tired and drift in and out of the film and I did during the middle of this film so there were a few plot details that I missed. With that in mind I did enjoy this story. This was a tale of survival, trial over adversity and revenge. There was a great deal of tension, drama, suffering and loss involved and it was handled with a great deal of care, style and bluntness. Some of the events that took place in this film are just insane, things got violent, dangerous and cruel at several points, and its mad to think of anyone actually enduring any of these events. This story was certainly intriguing, however, it didn’t unfold the way I expected and felt a little on the long side, now I hate to say that, but towards the middle the film kind of dragged and the story wasn’t as engaging as it was in the first and last act.

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As the cast, they were great. Firstly Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass was amazing, this character had to endure so much mentally and physically and DiCaprio really committed 110% to this role with the physicality and emotional material he had to work with. Not to be dismissed, Tom Hardy was excellent as John Fitzgerald, he was a character who had his own agenda and a mean personality and Hardy was really good in the role and I think this is his best performance so far. Domhnall Gleeson was also great as Captain Andrew Henry and Will Poulter as Jim Bridger had a bigger role than I expected and he was really impressive especially in the dramatic moments.

Presentation-wise this film was AMAZING! Seriously the visual side of things was insanely good with such a great attention to detail with the cinematography with awesome shots of the landscape, wonderful lighting and use of colour, intimately framed camera shots and insanely choreographed tracking shots that were a marvel to watch especially during the action sequences where multiple characters were involved. as for the music it was pretty dramatic and poignant throughout thanks to the score crafted by Ryuichi Sakamoto, Alva Noto and Bryce Dessner.


In conclusion The Revenant was a good film with stunning cinematography and fabulous performances from the cast, that being said I think I let the hype get the better of me and I ended up not enjoying th film as much as I’d hoped. That being said this was an incredible film that needs to be watched in the cinema.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Revenant and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀


Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews


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9 responses to “QUICK REVIEW: The Revenant

  1. sidekickreviews

    January 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Good review man! I was lucky to be able to watch The Revenant before I read any reviews, so the hype and anticipation wasn’t too high to overcome for me. I was just excited about the premise, the director, and of course the cast. Leo has a good eye for picking directors to work with and roles he can excel in (most of the time). I didn’t know this was done in all natural light, that’s a very cool fact and must have added to the grueling production process. Anyways, I’m glad Tom Hardy got an Oscar nomination and I think this might be Leo’s year to take home the award Oscar night. Cheers! 😀

    • Hypersonic55

      January 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Hey man, as usual I love your thoughts

  2. lauren

    January 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Great review! I’m hoping to see this next week. It does look good but the length of the film is putting me off a bit! Do you think Leo will get the Oscar for this?

    • Hypersonic55

      January 20, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Cheers yo. When you do see it I’ll be down to your blog asap to comment! 🙂 And you know what I have hope for him as he committed so much to this role, if Leo doesn’t get the Oscar I’d be gutted.

      • lauren

        January 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm

        I imagine the subtitle for this movie is The Things Leo Will Do To Finally Get An Oscar!

      • Hypersonic55

        January 21, 2016 at 12:09 am

        Indeed, I feel like these days it’s all about who is doing the craziest or most dramatic thing in a film which will determine who should get the Oscar in the eyes of the public. XD

      • lauren

        January 21, 2016 at 10:15 pm

        Yeah the Oscars are all about gaining/losing a dramatic amount of weight and whose seen to be suffering the most!

  3. awakeblackman

    January 21, 2016 at 3:43 am

    I saw it last week! It’s long but really good. Leo did his thing!


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