In my opinion, Alejandro González Iñárritu in currently a top five director. A list that includes such names as David Fincher, Denis Villeneuve and others, Iñárritu may very well be the most innovative of the bunch right now. Birdman was my personal favorite of 2014, it took creativity to an entire new level for me, something I just couldn’t wait to lay my eyes on again. And luckily for us, creativity is a complete understatement for Iñárritu’s next outing.
If you don’t know about The Revenant by now then I just feel sorry for you. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy among other great names, The Revenant is inspired by true events, a 1820s set western-ish chronicling one mans epic story of survival and vengeance. The first trailer was one of the most insanely good trailers we’ve had in a long time, ranking right up there with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But now a second trailer has just been released and my freaking lord. At this point, I’m just straight speechless about the footage we’re witnessing for this film. Yeah the first trailer was amazing, but this new trailer is just in another freaking universe. Beauty, intensity and all the above. As the trailer rolled on frame-by-frame, my mouth was opening more and more because of all the pure epic moments going on.
Beauty, intensity, the look, the feel – there is nothing negative that can be said about this film right now. It has everything going for it in the best way possible, and it’s incredibly exciting. Leo looks like he’s putting in career best work, completely losing himself in this role. And Tom Hardy looks to be singing his teeth into a insanely juicy role. I mean, it’s Leo versus Hardy, can it get any better? We could be witnessing history here people, at an all-time level.
But that wasn’t the best part of the trailer for me, my favorite part be far was the gorgeous camera angles and shots that Iñárritu and his team used. Eye-popping and attention grabbing are a total understatement in my opinion. The use of natural light looks to be paying off and in a big way. That was one of my favorite parts of Birdman and I can’t freaking wait to see how this film is attacked from that aspect.
Names like the Oscar-winning director, DiCaprio and Hardy may be slapped on the front, but that isn’t the most fascinating feature about the film, not to me at least. The film was shot all with natural light, night and day. Instead of bringing out giant construction lights for night shoots or anything like that, Iñárritu took his entire cast and crew out to the wilderness to capture the different stages of light each and every day of production. We got a great look at that aspect in the first images and trailers, but it’s highlighted in a batch of brand new images to an absolutely stunning level. See what I’m talking about below:
The moment I heard/read the first word on this film, I was in. No matter if the trailers weren’t good or anything, there was nothing stopping me from anticipating the hell out of it. Like I said, Iñárritu’s Birdman was even better than I was expecting. Not only were the performances just flat-out outstanding, but I couldn’t take my eye off of it because of the whole it looking like one giant shot thing going on. Now Iñárritu steps up and takes on a project like this with this kind of story, setting and names attached and I can do nothing but just get f**king excited for it. Is it to early to say that The Revenant is destined to become something unbelievably special?
Hugh Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption.
The Revenant has a December 25th, 2015. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Paul Anderson, and Lukas Haas.