18 January 2016

The Revenant, 2015 - ★★★

As a series of beautiful moving images The Revenant is absolutely spectacular. As a story, it's a quite dull and lacking any real heart. Most of the more spectacular moments are in the trailer so seem predictable when they do arrive.

A number of small niggles nibble away at the rest of the film. It's hard to take Hardy's Bane voice seriously now that it's been parodied so much. There's blood splatter, snow and condensed breath on the camera lens which is a personal bugbear of mine and always takes me out of the moment. It's so long that my the time a group of characters turn up towards the end I'd forgotten what they were actually doing.

There's almost time to watch Slow West twice and so much more happens in that smaller film.

But boy does The Revenant look good.

January 18, 2016 at 10:22PM

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