…a film executed in whirlwind non-stop frenetic fashion that will hold you from start to finish. …But I found the story too monotone, or put another way Birdman has trouble breaking free of its self-imposed Alcatraz.
The Revenant builds on the expertise set forth in Birdman, and adds a stronger story. Birdman’s enclosed spaces have been blown out and replaced by vast, wide-open, windswept and snow-covered landscapes, and realized by an absolute mastery of the lens and anything put in front of it. From a moviemaking point of view, The Revenant is pure wonderment. This is an impressive film.
Something else I liked was that this is a Western put in stark, brutally realistic terms — a true rarity. So there is no doubt The Revenant is a great film. But there were a couple storytelling issues I ran into. A couple 5-minute days, for example. I mean, I know it’s winter and the days are short, but they aren’t that short. Another small problem toward the end nagged me slightly. And ultimately, the story, with all its applied nuance, is fundamentally a one-dimensional revenge picture, with a pair of characters at the core who could have been more interesting to say the least.
The Revenant will win the Best Picture Oscar, and I don’t have a big problem with that. 8/10