My last film for the 2015 Jeebus Awards goes to a film that was on my most anticipated of the year, The Revenant! Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, and Domhnall Gleeson. I was very disappointed when I found out I had to wait until January 8th to see this film. Living in Dallas is hindering my movie reviews. However, it was worth the wait guys. Will this be the film that finally gets Leo the Oscar? I think so, I’d even put money on it.
The Revenant tells the true story of Hugh Glass(DiCaprio), a hunter with a crew on a mission for pelts in the wilderness, who was attacked by a bear, and left for dead by the man who supposed to bury him, John Fitzgerald(Hardy). Glass tracks his way across the wilderness, injured, on the verge of death, all in hopes to avenge his son’s death caused by Fitzgerald.
This film is incredible. First off, the acting. Every single star is incredible. I have no doubt about Leo taking home a statue, finally. And Hardy, at the very least, a nomination. These two were at the top of their game this go round, as they really normally are. The only negatives come from Hardy at times falling back on his go to voice. But that’s not anything that takes away from the film.
Now even though I firmly believe Leo will be taking home the Oscar for best actor this year, the true wonder and amazement, and for lack of a better word, star, of the film is the light. What’s that you say? The light? What are you talking about BC? Well in case you do not know, visionary director Alejandro G. Inarritu, who brought us last year’s iconic Birdman, gives us another iconic vision. He used nearly all natural light while filming The Revenant. If they didn’t get the right take in the short amount of time the sun was perfect, then that’s that, we shall wait for the next day. The cinematography is truly breathtaking and awe-inspiring. You are fully immersed in this incredible vision he has painted us. By using the natural light, and seeing what they did, it’s no wonder Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad. And while I would’ve liked to see him back in a DC property, he made the right choice.
My only negatives are truly nitpicking. Leo’s character seems to be impervious to the frostbite, and heals rather quickly. While the fight he puts up to survive is gritty and intense, and real, he becomes rather nibble for a man in bear attack. And an attack that is gruesome and violent in its own right. While the use of natural light was beautiful and effective, a few scenes by firelight do not produce enough light to truly film. This is where Alejandro had to use a few lighting techniques and since they are in contrast to the majority of natural light, they stand out. As well the film can drag a little; this is not the high voltage revenge thriller you might expect it to be. It is a true character piece. And while that did not really bother me, I can see it bothering some.
All in all it was an incredible film. One that needs to be seen on the big screen. So go make it a double feature weekend, catch Star Wars again, followed by The Revenant, because the Revenant gets a score of 4.5 with .5 bonus for the beautiful cinematography and amazing shots and score. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 5.0. And what say you Jackass Nation? What is your favorite Leo performance? Are you excited for The Revenant? And don’t forget to Tweet me your favorite film of 2015 vote for Viewer’s Choice at the Jeebus awards with the Hashtag #JeebusViewersChoice. It is what it is!
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.