Tuesday Thoughts – The Revenant, Good Enough for Leo’s Oscar?

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The required US legal disclaimer: All images are the property of their owners I reproduce them here under the Fair Use Doctrine of the copyright law for commentary and critique

One cold weekend day Mike and I made it to a showing of Leo DiCaprio’s latest Oscar attempt The Revenant.  The story is an embellished telling of the Hugh Glass story.  They gave him a son and wife that in history didn’t exist.  Still the core of the story is real – Hugh was attacked by a bear (no not raped nor was Leo) buried for dead and came after the men that left him.  It happened in Spring/Summer not Winter.  But oh well, Hollywood has to up the stakes and pull the heartstrings, I get getting inspired by a true story and building upon it.  Now to the movie itself.  Do I think Leo pinned his Oscar here?

A nomination, yes.  An award – no I think he came closer in Django or Inception.   However I do think Tom Hardy earned a best supporting actor statute.  He plays the man that buried Hugh alive and left him, in real life and in the movie.  Tom plays him perfectly and to me steals the movie in many ways that Angelina stole Girl, Interrupted from Winona.  I’m sorry but Oscars aren’t given for endurance but performance.  I think Leo has turned in less grueling but better performances.  However Tom turned in both.

The movie itself is exhausting to watch.  Not as much as the making was thank goodness.  It seems from all I read the director disregards safety for getting the shot.  The shots are spectacular but worth the risks taken?  I’m not so sure. It seems the bear attack scene was the easiest scene filmed for Leo, the river was the hardest.  Watching this three-hour odyssey is hard and take a sweater because you’ll be cold just watching.  Second it’s gory, violent, and intense.  I  had to break from it at times. I did so by observing others in the packed theater.  NEVER have I been in such a silent crowd at a movie since the advent of cell phones but you could hear a pin drop many times after intense scenes.  I wasn’t the only one cuddling up in my coat with my date either.  There were men with hands over their mouths at scenes.  I get it – can’t look away from the brutal honesty of life in the backwoods at the turn of the 1800s  yet OMG! to go through that!   Once it was over we all just sat in silence for a moment collecting ourselves.  The ordeal was over, silently and with emotional exhaustion we filed out to our reality again very thankful we weren’t Hugh Glass.  That’s an Oscar worthy movie for best picture nomination for sure.  However,  if you aren’t up to an intense experience that’s three hours long (Hugh Glass really dragged himself on his belly for 17 weeks to get to the fort thank goodness we didn’t endure that real-time) then don’t go.  But if you are, it’s well worth the watch and the awards so far.  OH and probably some workplace OSHA violations…

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