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February 2016

“While other people were out living their lives, I wasted mine watching TV, because deep down I knew it might one day help me save the world”.

Fry, Futurama

Big themes, long shots, short-sighted script: how The Revenant’s journey in the wild left so much unexplored

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Here the first part of my review

The frontier, the man versus the wilderness, the fight with the bear, the confrontation with the Other, the heart of darkness, the revenge: on paper The Revenant is the quintessential American film. And an ambitious one: shot all on impervious locations with natural light, long uncut plans and challenging ensemble sequences. Plus it stars the indefatigable Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s in a good streak of memorable performances since, well, forever.

For all those reasons I really wanted to fall in love with Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu‘s las effort, but I couldn’t. There had been many sparkles along the way but it didn’t last: by the end of our hero’s odyssey in the wild my excitement had already worn off. What went wrong? Continue reading “Big themes, long shots, short-sighted script: how The Revenant’s journey in the wild left so much unexplored”

Macho filmmaking, technical prodigies, photogenic pain: how the bear attack sequence in The Revenant epitomizes the entire movie

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And the Oscar for the most detailed man-mauled-by-grizzly sequence goes to… The Revenant! Applause. Next, Ryan Gosling getting hit by a truck, a four minutes uninterrupted take of pure cinematic pleasure.

Oh, it was just a bad dream… Continue reading “Macho filmmaking, technical prodigies, photogenic pain: how the bear attack sequence in The Revenant epitomizes the entire movie”

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