The Revenant (2015) Review

The Revenant (2015)

Directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Based on The Revenant by Michael Punke

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team

My Opinion:

PELTS! I’ve never heard that word so many times in my life… Man, January is a tough month for movies. As if winter isn’t depressing enough as it is?? (I’m not a fan of winter. Winter can go screw itself). Seriously – why can’t they release lighthearted, happy films in January? I’ll admit that The Revenant is good, though. Grim as hell! But good grim. Your typical Oscar-Worthy January Release Grim.


I fully admit that I watched this movie for one reason only: Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve always thought Leo was a fantastic actor who didn’t get enough credit in his early days because he was too “pretty” (he’s luckily getting the recognition he deserves the past few years now). I’ve only seen one of the other Actor Oscar nominees (Fassbender in Steve Jobs) but I’ll be very surprised if Leo doesn’t finally get his gold statue this year. He definitely earns it in The Revenant and the movie is worth watching for his performance alone.


That’s not to say that The Revenant isn’t a good film without Leo – it just isn’t my sort of “thing” and I know I wouldn’t have watched it if it had starred someone else. I have to say that it’s breathtakingly beautiful and if I didn’t hate winter & cold with a passion, I’d want to visit the places where this was filmed. Gorgeous. And I don’t know exactly how much CGI was involved in this overall but nothing looked iffy to me & the bear attack looked damn good (I know Leo is a very dedicated actor but I’m assuming he wasn’t attacked by a real bear).

*Actual scene from The Revenant

This movie is even more brutal than I was expecting for its 15 rating in the UK (I’m assuming it’s rated R in America?). But, as I said with Dead Snow (and the curiously snowless Dead Snow 2!), there’s something quite striking about red blood-splattered snow and you get plenty of that here. Does that make me sound like a psycho?! I just mean, artistically, it looks cool. I’m a wuss about violence, though, and The Revenant certainly made me squeamish a few times. Hell, just seeing the eating of all the raw animal meat was gross enough for me! I’d have made a really shitty frontierswoman. I could never even make it very far through The Oregon Trail before dying of dysentery.


The Revenant is a beautifully shot story of survival & revenge with stellar performances from all involved (but especially DiCaprio – his performance blows everyone else’s away). It’s epic in scope and if you have a spare 7 hours & 36 minutes, I’d certainly recommend this film as I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t get that Best Picture Oscar as well as Best Actor Oscar. As always, though, my ratings are based first & foremost on my own personal enjoyment of a film with about 30% based on a film’s “worthiness”. The Revenant is worthy and I’m glad I experienced its beauty in the cinema. I hope it wins lots of awards but I’d prefer to not sit through it again anytime soon.

My Rating: 7.5/10


45 thoughts on “The Revenant (2015) Review

    • Thanks! 🙂 Yeah, I wasn’t really sure what to rate it. I was going to give it an 8 but went with my gut & lowered it a bit. It’s an excellent film but I know it’s not one that I’ll ever consider a personal favorite.

  1. Went to a late showing of this last night – Wow – it hit me like an angry bear – I give it 9 out of 10. Walked out of the theatre at 1am with a snow squall coming down to complete the experience. But- I like winter, I like this type of film and… was an emotional ice bath for me…….- in a good way.

    • That’s great! I love when a movie leaves you feeling that way. 🙂 I know I’ve felt that way about plenty even though this one didn’t quite work for me. But it’s certainly an excellent film with fantastic acting! So I’m glad I did see it. 🙂

  2. Great review! I’m with you, I can’t see myself watching it again. It looked pretty and all, but goddamn it is long! And there is barely a story! I’m glad I had a free ticket for it ;D

      • Yeah it really began to plod along for me… there wasn’t enough story to back up three hours worth of film. Apart from a great survival tale, I don’t think this flick has much beyond its amazing looks. It’ll be interesting how people take to it on the small screen whenever it hits DVD

        Oh, btw, I was gonna write about Taxi Driver for your imdb top 250 thingy but i totally forgot! Are you still doing that?

      • Yes! I AM still doing the IMDB thing. 🙂 I could no longer keep track of who signed up for what so I made them all available again but no one has grabbed Taxi Driver yet if you still want it. You can email it to me at tableninemutant at hotmail dot com within the next month. 🙂

  3. Really nice review, haha love all images MEDIUM GRASS MEDIUM GREY !! 🙂 The Revenant really blew me away, I mean it was more of an experience than a movie. Lubezki’s the man!

    • Tongue in cheek? I took this review VERY seriously! 😉 lol. No, really – I just couldn’t take a serious approach to this one for some reason. It’s so OTT grim! I had to have some fun with it. But, yeah, it’s a good movie & all that… 😉

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