THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE REVENANT (2015)










The Revenant is #21 on this year's movie countdown and you probably will not see a movie with more grandeur, gore and guts this this one. It's 1823 and the Great Plains are untamed. Leonardo DiCaprio is Hugh Glass, a mountain man working for a fur company who is mauled by a bear (which we see in extremely uncomfortable detail). His group has already been attacked by Indians (in a scene that is also realistic and hard to watch) and they are in a harsh retreat in the dead of ...winter. Moving Glass is slowing them down, so three of them (including Glass's Indian son) stay behind to make sure he gets a proper burial when he succumbs. But Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), who stayed behind for the promise of extra pay, has something else in mind. Left for dead and with horrendous wounds, Glass has to somehow make his way back alone and injured for hundreds of miles or perish alone in the woods. The Academy generally honors actors who suffer for their craft, so DiCaprio is a shoo-in for Best Actor because boy oh boy does he suffer. Hardy is good as Fitzgerald but not as Oscar-worthy. The Revenant, it feels to me, goes on and on, continuing Glass's pain and suffering to a point where it is overdone. It's a relief when these scenes wrap up. The bear mauling scene is a masterpiece of special effects - you will actually wonder if the bear is real, not an effect at one point. When you boil all this down, it's a simple story exposing everything and everybody (Americans, Frenchmen, Indians, mauling bears) as savages. Not sure a movie should be as unbearable (see what I did there) at times, but The Revenant is.

TLA one-word review: grisly