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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Report Card---"The Revenant'

"The Revenant" is a large movie.
Everything about it is large.
It has a huge canvas.
It takes place in the freezing cold wilderness near Yellowstone Park, somewhere in the distant past.
We're never quite told when.
It involves Leonardo DiCaprio as a fur trapper.
Under the circumstances, this is not a safe job.
Bears are attacking him, Indians are attacking him, his own men are attacking him.
The whole movie cries out "Stay in your house. Get a desk job."
He isn't having any.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?

On occasion. Not nearly enough.

Compelling even?

Almost never.

Is it controversial?

Some interesting moral issues are brought up.

Is it a story worth telling?

I suppose.

Is it good storytelling?

There is about a half hour's worth of storytelling stretched over two-and-a-half hours. The last half hour picks up a little, but it's still by the numbers.

Is it well written?

There doesn't seem to be a lot of writing.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Thomas Hardy, whom I will write about when I talk about "Legend" was terrific. DiCaprio, except for maybe five lines, grunted his way through the movie.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Not that I could see.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

It took way too long.

Is it too long? Too short?

It is way, way, way too long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes but I really think these characters get what they deserve from making poor career choices.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

I knew exactly where it was going after about forty minutes into it.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Only about how it cost me about three hours of my life.

Is it funny?

Not to me.

Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Oh, God, no!

Is it impressive?

Only visually.

Overall grade: C-.

You shouldn't get a nomination for grunting, or for being this movie.


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  1. I was troubled by the fact that the bear, an animal of color, was not nominated for the best animal Oscar. It was reminiscent of when the moose came in second in a costume party to the Levine's, dressed as a moose, in Woody Allen's comedy bit. Accordingly, I will not be attending the Oscars this year.

  2. Yeah, George, that's a bitch. And it's compounded by the fact that the Award will be going to the Polar Bear in "Infinitely Polar Bear".
    This is more shameful because "Infinitely Polar Bear" doesn't even have one. I'll be reporting on that movie soon.

  3. Mark,

    Totally agree with your review. In summary, the movie sucked!


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