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The Revenant by Alejandro González Iñárritu

March 24, 2016

Expected for many months, the new Leonardo DiCaprio movie is on everyone’s lips today. Not only is it the new movie of the genius director Alejandro González Iñárritu but it is also the first film ever to offer an Oscar to DiCaprio !

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While exploring the uncharted wilderness in 1823, the frontiersman Hugh Glass sustains injuries from a bear attack. When his hunting team leaves him for dead, Hugh Glass must use his survival skills to find a way back home. Fueled by vengeance, Hugh Glass treks through the wintry landscape to track down John Fitzgerald, the former confidant who betrayed and abandoned him. Based on a true story, we follow the adventure of Hugh Glass for 2h30. It might seems long, but it is really worth it. The perfectionism of Iñárritu is enthralling in this movie. It is strikening by its beauty; indeed Emmanuel Lubezki (who won best cinematography at the Oscars ceremony) delivered an extraordinary work. All the different shots are magical due to their beauty. By only using natural lights on the set, the quality of the pictures is perfect. We have the impression that we are looking at pieces of art every minute. 

We all heard that Iñárritu is really picky about his movies but it was nothing compared to the filming situations that were extremely hard. As the production was behind schedule, the snow melted during the location shoot in Canada before filming was complete. With summer rapidly approaching, they were forced to relocate the entire production to southern Argentina, where there were similar wintry conditions. Moreover, DiCaprio explained that it was the most difficult shooting of his career. He had to learn to shoot with a musket, build a fire, speak two Native American languages (Pawnee and Arikara), and study with a doctor specialized in ancient healing techniques. Originally, it had to be shot in 80 days, in fact, it needed nine months shooting. We can understand the crew’s pain…

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To illustrate how picky Iñárritu is, we can quote one of his interview where he said :  “If we ended up in greenscreen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of shit.” Indeed, he doesn’t hesitate to use rude words, but it represents his ambition and his will for perfection. If he wants the public to feel stressed and oppressed while watching the movie, his cast has to be in the same conditions and not in a comfortable studio.

Not only was it difficult for Leonardo DiCaprio, but it was exhausting for every movie members. If we can congratulate DiCaprio’s performance, we mustn’t forget the supporting roles of Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. Everyone of them embodies perfectly their characters and succeed in creating a tense atmosphere in the movie.

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As a result, all we can say is that The Revenant is a stunning piece of art. Whether you like this kind of movie or not, it will not leave you indifferent. Alejandro González Iñárritu really deserved his price for best achievement in directing at the Oscars’ ceremony. Iñárritu no longer needs to prove his worth. After winning four Oscars (one for The Revenant, three for Birdman), we can say that he is a part of the most prestigious directors in the world.

Amandine

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