The newest trailer from the 20th Century Fox Oscar contender is finally here. I am mentioning Oscar because so far it looks that we have two films from this production house running for the naked man this year. First one is Iñárritu’s The Revenant while the second one is David O Russel’s Joy. Both films will get released on Christmas weekend, with Joy going in wide release while The Revenant platforms on December 25th before going wide on January 8th.
The official synopsis says the following: “Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).”
In The Guardian they are wondering “Is it a bear? Is it a man?” and we all agree that is in fact Leonardo Di Caprio finally looking almost as old as the character he’s supposed to be playing. The key is in the beard. Will this film finally win him an Oscar many wonder. I hope it won’t because like my friend said: “I enjoy the jokes so much.” But from the looks of it, it seems that Di Caprio is finally out of his Scorsese comfort zone looking and sounding like someone else for a change.
The film looks glorious. Mostly thanks to the cinematography of Emmanuel Lubezki who apparently has outdone himself this time. Light floods through the bare naked trees as the trapper runs from indigenous warriors. We see magnificent Hardy and his treacherous crew stumble upon a massacre after or before “killing” their trapper friend and his son. The harsh sun of the Rocky Mountains shines down on frenzied, bloody murder. The camera moves with such lightness inviting us all in. Its focal point is not set only and exclusively on the main character. It is literally everywhere making us feel like we are a part of this story, of the horror unfolding in front of us. It looks hard and uncompromising, reminding us of the rumors regarding the shooting of this film. Apparently it was hell. And from what we were able to glimpse so far, the hell was well worth it.
Will this be a revival of Western film, will Leo get an Oscar, these questions don’t really matter…what matters is that after the long summer of blockbusters, reboots, remakes, prequels, sequels, we will finally have a valid reason to go to the cinema and enjoy all the magic it can give us.