The Revenant Review
The Revenant is a 2015 western film directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. It is an awful movie and one of the worst that I have ever seen.
I hated this movie so much. Everything about it is awful to me. The characters are mediocre, the plot is so bad and the violence is horrendous and the film is filled with so many stupidities. First of all, the story. This is a basic and typical western which is just brutal and tries to be more realistic. Tries is the key word here. The two characters are basically a hero and a villain, there is no gray areas here, everything is so simplistic and childish to the point of being head-scratching. Another bad aspect here are some of its plot points which are just ridiculously bad and even unintentionally hilarious. The bear sequence immediately comes to mind as it’s so funny. But the whole sadistic approach to is storytelling is just unforgivable and also silly. There isn’t a person that survived that many misfortunes as the protagonist here, that is just so unrealistic for a movie that wants to be realistic. It is silly, ridiculous and definitely produces some unintentionally amusing moments.
Hugh Glass is a boring character and he is basically a martyr here. But John Fitzgerald is even worse as he is basically a cartoony villain that is just evil for the sake of being evil. That is why this film is so immature and ridiculous. As for its acting, I honestly think that the film fails even in that regard. Tom Hardy gave a mediocre performance and Leonardo DiCaprio is just so-so. This film is an evident Oscar-bait which is one of the endless reasons why it frustrated and annoyed me so much as it is so evident with every frame, but mostly in his performance. I just saw an actor who wants a medal and nothing else, but in reality, he gave a so-so performance – sometimes okay, but mostly mediocre and there were instances where I could see that he was an actor and that is never a good sign. This is one of his worst roles also because he just does not fit in it. I could never picture him in this role because he isn’t a strong person physically and just doesn’t strike me like that. The acting is so-so and the casting director did a bad job here.
Of course, I have to talk about the violence. The Revenant is just a sickening experience, there is no other way to describe it. And because the running time is naturally bloated, I felt as if I was on a similarly cruel journey as DiCaprio’s character. The film is so disgusting with some scenes just being horrible to witness. I couldn’t even watch half of it. That’s how sick it is. There is rape here, there are some unfortunate offensive aspects to it and there is a bear attack, a bloody fight and endless misfortunes of the main characters are just a torture to sit through. Only a sadist could make and love this piece of shit.
There isn’t anything good that I can say about The Revenant, honestly there isn’t. Everything here is terrible. The imagery can be beautiful at times, but it doesn’t work as we don’t see it that well because the cinematography is naturally bad as is usual for Inarritu’s films. Speaking of him, the directing is so bad and the movie never has a point or a message or anything even remotely deep or interesting to say. It doesn’t know what it wants to be except a sadistic torture excursion. The score is also bad as some of those overly repeated sounds really annoyed me. The dialogue is also very poor as it isn’t even present here that much, but when it’s there, it’s simplistic and childish. There isn’t anything original about it and the film is emotionally cold. It is also stupid and ridiculous in its nature. The humor is great, but it is unintentional. And the film is overly long and so badly edited and paced. It received 12 Academy Award nominations and a solid critical praise which is baffling to me as this is the only awful movie that is not just bad to me, but I also cannot understand how anyone can like it and still call him/herself a film critic. This is just an indescribably terrible movie that is one of the worst films I have seen in my entire life!