REVIEW: “THE REVENANT” ~ POST Q & A ~ LEONARDO DICAPRIO/DIR: ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU/PROD: STEVE GOLAN & MARY PARENT

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Since I was lucky enough to be part of the first ever audience to see this remarkable picture with Leonardo DiCaprio & Alejandro González Iñárritu doing the post Q & A along with producers Steve Golan & Mary Parent ~ I think I can safely tell you all…Prepare to be blown away as I’ve personally never seen a film of this magnitude in my life. And here I thought Alejandro couldn’t outdo last years epic ‘Birdman’, well I was wrong. He can and he did.
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Along with the sure-fire Oscar gold performance of Leo DiCaprio here, ‘The Revenant’ follows the true story of the epic adventures of frontiersman Hugh Glass. It is also about someone trying to survive using the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of uncharted America back in the fur trading days, legendary explorer Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), is brutally mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own team. the revenant 7

In an effort to survive, and with a full heart of unimaginable grief and betrayal of trust by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) and Jim Bridger (Will Poulter) for the death of his son, Glass is buried alive with injuries most would not be able to withstand. Full of anger he goes to the end of what is uncharted wilderness to find Fitzgerald and Bridger. Guided by sheer will and love for his son, Glass navigates a severe winter in the relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. And revenge. Yes, revenge, because make no mistake about it..this is a film of someone seeking revenge in it’s purest form. the revenant 4

While there are some tough-to-watch graphic scenes in this film, it’s a spectacle that really must be experienced both visually and story-wise. While you can pick up the book and spoil it for yourself – don’t!!!! – this is truly something that must be experienced completely on your own. the revenant 3

The no longer-young boy from Titanic, DiCaprio’s phenominal performance here, in which his character is alone and doesn’t speak for much of the two and a half hours of running time that he carries the film, is joined in tandem by the remarkable Tom Hardy. Here again, the man of many accents has another one, not sure where he picks them up, but they do serve him well. He is the villian of sorts here, but is it that or is he just trying as they all are, to survive the harshness of life in these times. With a supporting cast of Domhnall Gleason as Andrew Henry, Brendan Fletcher as Fryman and Grace Dove to name just some of the mixed cast of French, Native American and American actors that provide the makeup of this of ensemble cast.
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This film is as big as it is bold and like nothing I’ve ever seen before, with many a dark and brutal moments that might be to much for some in the audience. Take that as a serious warning as I saw many seat squirmings and some scenes stayed with me for some time after, but I also loved every minute of this film and for me,  I see #OSCAR#OSCAR#OSCAR written all over it.

Grade: A+

Screening: Sunday, November 22, 2015 ~ Courtesy of the Producers Guild of America & 20th Century Fox.
And a quick shoutout to my movie-going BFF – Jason Watters for only with his invitation was I able to be part of the 1st audience and wonderful experience. Thank you so much!!!
Nationwide release: Friday, January 8, 2016

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POST Q & A WITH Leonardo DiCaprio/Alejandro González Iñárritu/Steve Golen and Mary Parent

Starting off with many questions to regarding the film’s production that has already attracted controversy after reports that it became “a living hell”, with some members of the crew quitting and being fired. Iñárritu noted “As a director, if I identify a violin that is out of tune, I have to take that from the orchestra,” “I have nothing to hide,” the director said. “There were problems, but none of them made me ashamed.” The budget also swelled from $60m to $95m.

In the Q & A, Iñárritu described making the film as “almost like an impossible task” — and when asked about his first day on the set, DiCaprio smiled and said, “To tell you the truth, it’s all a beautiful blur to me.”
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Leo noted that while the book is based on a true life story..but the stories being those told around the campfires of those days in time also can be full of embelishments etc.. it’s like when you tell a story to a person and it travels through 10 people it becomes a different story. There is no way to verify it and he could only read for reference stories told and written by these men. DiCaprio described it as “almost a silent movie performance from me” it’s a father/son story..a love story and a ‘bear’ of a story all wrapped in one.

The script had been floating around for some time but no one could picture how they could possibly make a film of this magnitude with Iñárritu originally passing on the project some time ago. Iñárritu said some days they only had 45 minutes of workable shoot time, other days an hour and a half tops with hours sometimes being take to intricately set up the shot required. They were at the mercy of the weather, which at one point dropped to 40 degrees below zero.
Alejandro noted that the pressure on Leo was immense as once everything was set up..it was up to him to carry it out and lead the way in the short time span avail to them. If he didn’t, then they would have to start all over again the next day. leo & alejandro 1
Rehearsals, they said, took months, with elaborate camera moves worked out with the actors before they ever went to the wilderness locations, many of them near Calgary, Canada. “You felt an intensity, and a unity with the whole crew that you had to grasp the entire shot every day,” said DiCaprio.
Probably my favourite quote by director Alejandro González Iñárritu in answering a question regarding the beauty and harshness of the wilderness in which they shot he noted: “the sky is omnipresent.”

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22 thoughts on “REVIEW: “THE REVENANT” ~ POST Q & A ~ LEONARDO DICAPRIO/DIR: ALEJANDRO GONZALEZ INARRITU/PROD: STEVE GOLAN & MARY PARENT

  1. Glad to hear that it lives up to the hype. While I was not a fan of Birdman, didn’t hate mind you but found it to be more style over substance, I was hoping this film delivered on the experience the trailer hinted at. It sounds like it does that in spades.

    • I did love Birdman..and truly thought it couldn’t be topped. But this is something like I just don’t think we’ve seen before and aren’t likely to after either. It was just truly amazing. I hope you love it as much as I did as it IS a rough watch at times. Can’t wait to hear what you think when you do!! 😀

  2. Ohhhhh!!!! I am so jealous!! I am reading the book at the moment and absolutely loving it. I can’t wait for this film, your review has just turned that up. Bring on January 7 already, cmooooon!!! Great review, you didn’t give much away but still described it well.

    • Jordon ~ I truly can’t believe my luck at getting to see this the way I did!!! you’ve no idea how excited I was & still am. Thanks for the compliment and even though reading the book is spoiling it a bit for you (wrist slap for you here ha!)..you will be blown away by the performances and everything about the film!! 😀

      • yeah i was wondering whether to spoil it somewhat by reading the book but I started it and its addictive! I can’t stop, I might have to force myself halfway thru haha

    • rrriiigghhtt.. very bold!! hahahahaha but I’m calling it here!!! It’s going to happen for Leo..his only big competition as I see it is Depp.. And you will LOVE it.. I just know it.. I can’t wait to read your review!!!

  3. YES YES YES!!! A+, don’t see that very often. So glad you loved this, and you were very lucky to be able to attend the showing/Q&A (shout out to Jason!); the movie looks amazing as well, and I’m really pulling for Leo this year, as I do whenever he is nominated. Also excited to see Lubezki at work again. Looks like both a very pretty and very brutal movie.

    I’ll probably be able to see it right after New Year’s, as I’ll be traveling back to the midwest for a little bit soon. At least The Hateful Eight is playing near me then.

    Almost got into The Hateful Eight red carpet premiere on Monday, but alas, did not get there early enough. I got there about 2 hours before the screening, but I probably should’ve gotten there an extra hour early. I actually had no idea it was a premiere and that everyone would be there. Did get to attend a Steve Carell Q&A at AMC Century City though for The Big Short, which was enjoyable.

    • YES!! This movie is INCREDIBLE!! My only A+ of the year so far!! 😀 if there was a higher grade, I would have given that..ha! I too am looking forward to the Hateful 8..I thought you got Hammer tix for that no? Premiere would have been great to see. I did see The Big Short the other night..finishing up my review..I got an invite to that Steve Carell screening as well but wasn’t in town..so glad you got to see it..he’s really good at Q & A’s..a nice, fun man. I really liked that film also.. Am seeing a few more this coming week.. then off for X-mas also.. 😀

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