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Okay, so I have finally decided to watch this film, with a warning from my son that it is very explicit.  That is putting it mildly.  The debauchery and exploitation of people, women and otherwise is sad, however, the film was supposed to be based on a real person’s life story.  All I can say is, it is a wonder that person survived all the drugs, sex and rock and roll that he did.

Enough ruminating, and being in shock.  Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, is absolutely fantastic.  He captures this role, owns it, you name it.  I think he has gotten better with age.  He was fabulous in The Revenant too, but his ability to do comedy, tragedy, drama, and yes horror, all in the same movie, was captivating.  I was totally engrossed in the film, despite it being depraved.

If you can withstand seeing too many beautiful naked women 😉 or diabolical sex and drugs and people with no compunctions about ripping any kind of person off, rich or poor, then you will see a film constructed in a way that engages the viewer for all aspects of its intricacies with the strength and weakness of its characters.  Amazingly enough somehow in the end, after all he had done, I was rooting for Belfort’s pathetic soul.

I highly recommend this film with a severe warning… watch out for Leonardo DiCapro, he will knock your socks off, or some other piece of clothing.

Let me know what you think…

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In a word, The Relevant is about survival and the forces that impede your ability to do that. At first I thought that this seemed like a Bourne Identity film set in the past.  Why? Because, the stakes were high, staying alive is paramount, and there is one nemesis after another trying to cut you down in the most aggress way.  Tell me you don’t agree with this assessment.  The Revenant literally means return, and Hugh Glass/Leonardo DiCaprio returns from near death to find his son’s killer.  Glass/DiCaprio is seeking utter vengeance, so he has to survive despite the elements, a group of Native Americans, the French, and a totally evil person, who is in his own expedition.

Glass/DeCaprio

I thought the storyline was somewhat predictable, what made it fascinating was the acting by Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleeson.  Grunting and heavy breathing aside on Leonardo’s part, he was believable and engaging.  I think, because I love Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road; The Drop (one of my all time favorites)), I focused a lot on his character, John Fitzgerald.  Tom Hardy has a unique way of acting.  He is engaging, and different, without being over the top.  He either has a quiet strength, an inner demon, or a heart of gold.  Talk about being able to do totally believable accents!

Fitzgerald/Hardy

I have just become familiar with Domhall Gleeson.  He first came to my attention on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He had a small part in that film, but he made me notice him.  In The Revenant, he stood out, not just because of his red hair, but because he depicted a man who had to do a very hard job in the most adverse conditions, with hard core heathens.  

Gleeson/Captain Henry

Why is The Revenant relevant today?  It reminded me of the warring factions around the world.  One little spark, and humanity ignites into religious wars, land grabs, and resource wars.  This film has all the best of humanity, and the worst.  It shows tolerance of other cultures, but it also shows hatred and violence.  It shows respect for nature, and the destruction of it (beaver pelts).

I HAVE to mention the cinematography!  I felt like I was in the woods in the snow, a blizzard, and frigid water.  It even felt like I was wanting to stay warm and dry.  And no, it wasn’t in 3D or IMAX.  The scenes of the trees, the river, and the sky were breathtaking.  I urge you to see this film just for that feature alone.

Scenery

One last note, the CGI bear was indeed remarkable, it almost felt as though Glass was being malled by a real bear … almost.

The bear in The Revenant

 Oh and by the way, SPOIL ALERT!

P.S. See famed screenwriter Robert McKee’s review.

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