Thursday, May 23, 2024

Screened: Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant,” A Very Beautifully Shot Film


There’s an embargo until December 4th on reviewing Alejandro Innaritu’s “The Revenant.” The film stars Leonardo Di Caprio, Tom Hardy, and Domhnall Gleason. It’s 156 minutes, and it was screened tonight in New York and then in Hollywood.

I see already social media is buzzing. Will Leo be nominated? Will he win an Oscar at last? Will people make it through the movie?

And who plays the bear?

So I can’t review it except to say the cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki (Morgenstern) is absolutely stunning. You could frame half the frames in the film and put them on your wall. The music by Ryuichi Sakamoto et al. is quite wonderful. Everyone is top notch. The movie is rated for gore and sexual violence, and they are not kidding.

Nevertheless, “The Revenant” will be a major factor in the Oscar race. That’s a prediction, not a review. Innaritu just won the Oscar for “Birdman,” remember, so that plays in as a factor too.

More soon, promise.

PS There are no interior shots, no scenes set in restaurants, no one working at a desk. Grooming is at all time low. Everyone needs a comb. The dichotomies of nature’s beauty and danger are the themes.

Leo will be up against a lot of great actors. I would not count out Michael Fassbender as “Steve Jobs” because the movie hasn’t done well at the box office. It’s a great performance. Ditto Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Mark Ruffalo in “Spotlight,” Steve Carell in “The Big Short,” Tom Hanks in “Bridge of Spies,” Michael Caine in “Youth,” and from what I’m hearing, Samuel L. Jackson in “The Hateful Eight.”

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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