If you haven’t managed to see The Revenant yet, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Three awards at the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture-Drama, Best Actor-Drama and a nomination for Best Original Score; Twelve nominations for The Oscars; as well as Critics Choice awards for the director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki are just a few of the accolades so far received.
The film was shot on locations in Canada, the United States, and Argentina, and seamlessly edited together to represent Montana and South Dakota, (although a native of the Louisiana Purchase might spot many an incongruity) Under the insistance of director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, it was shot entirely in natural light, and features a total absence of computer generated images; the actors and crew really were cold, miserable and struggling with the remote and difficult conditions imposed on them for the sake of authenticity, to the extent that several of the crew resigned or were fired.
The story may be a good one, based on the real life trapper Hugh Glass who really did survive an attack by a grizzly bear and was left for dead by the other men. The screenplay might have been written and re-written, the soundtrack haunting, the costumes, make up and acting a feat of incredible talent and skill, but to be honest, if anyone is going to win any awards for this movie, it has to be the cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, and visual effects team Richard McBride, Matt Shumway, Jason Smith and Cameron Waldbauer.
In my opinion, the star of the show is unarguably the scenery. So I’ve put together a little slideshow featuring my version of all the best bits to save you from sitting through two hours of Leonardo diCaprio literally acting his pants off.
Good luck at the Oscars Leo!
Unfortunately I haven’t worked out how to add music to a slideshow yet. If anyone can tell me how, please leave a message!