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Tuesday 16 February 2016

The Revenant

Oscar Best Picture Nominee #6: The Revenant

Revenant - I had to look it up. It means to return, especially supposedly from the dead.


So, from the title we get an overview of the story. And from the trailer we see a man's fight for survival against his fellow man (friends), nature (wilderness, bad weather and a bear) and himself, the will to survive if only to avenge the death of his son from what appears to be the hands of his fellow man.

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY," says the Lord. Romans 12:19  
'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18
As revenge is a major movie theme, I guess The Old Testament is more widely accepted: "AN EYE FOR AN EYE, A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH."  But I prefer the profound words of Roberto Benigni in the Jim Jarmusch classic, Down by Law, "..you throw the ball to me...I.. I... I throw the ball to you..."  Kind of sad, really.

It wasn't until "Catch me if you can" that I actually started to like Leonardo DiCaprio. Since then, he's been a stand out for me in the best actor category in most of his work.  Only criticism I have now of DiCaprio is that he should have understood what a Chinook wind was before making the silly climate change comment: natural phenomenon vs. global warming.  I still like him and  I doubt he'll knock any of my top 5 celebrities who should just shut up and go away list.  I think it's on this blog somewhere in the first or second year. But I digress...

Tom Hardy. Mad Max. Bane. Lawless. That crap love triangle film that the wife liked with young captain Kirk and Reese Witherspoon.  He's definitely got screen presence and is not afraid to take on any roll.  Saw him in a slow moving, uninspired film with the late great James Gandolfini, The Drop.  It was yet another tribute to his versatility.  I think I prefer him, though, as villain, rather then just a misunderstood bad guy.

Oh yeah, The Revenant.  As a parent, it pains me to see a parent lose child, even on film.  And the apparent manner in which Leo's child is lost in this film, at the hands of his "friend" is sickening and only makes the revenge part of his plight that much sweeter.  And while I didn't bother to look up the real story that this "based on true events" movie is depicting, I trust that the revenge, Old Testament/movie style, will be sweet.

Other than the emotion the wife says I don't have, the trailer made me think: Passion of the Christ meets Grizzly Adams. You know, one man enduring all that torture but this time in the wilderness...

The wife said she doesn't think she could sit through The Revenant. I think I can.

1 comment:

  1. Bears scare the shit out of me. Also, to paraphrase another brilliant line from Benigni, "I am afraid of the rabbit." Nobody deserves that, especially after all that bad weather. This movie would make me very nervous. I think I'll pass. Thank you for your wise counsel.