Oscars Countdown: The Revenant

This week is all about the Oscars because we are only 6 day away from the ceremony, which is also why we are spamming you with Oscars Countdown posts – we don’t want you to miss out on the great movies! You’re welcome.

The Revenant is a movie I haven’t been looking forward to writing about because it’s a movie that is immensely hyped, it’s probably the biggest “star” of this year’s Oscars, and I just happen to be super unimpressed. 99% of the people I’ve talked with loved the movie, but it’s just not what I like.

The movie starts out with an attack by Native Americans on a group of fur trappers and we are introduced to great photography and beautiful scenery (the movie is full of that, by the way). The cinematography was my favorite part, so it was a great opening scene. These first couple of minutes of the movie set the tone for the movie, as it is a movie that tells a story of harrowing circumstances through breathtakingly beautiful images, and it is a film about survival and shocking acts of sudden violence.

At some point, Leonardo DiCaprio fights with a bear, which is a great scene that is very believable and personal (but not TOO personal, though, as many might believe. I heard Leo’s character was raped by the bear, which is absolutely NOT true). And let’s discuss Leo’s performance in this movie – absolutely not the best I’ve seen, and, since he is one of my favorite actors, I have seen MANY of his movies. So what really bugs me is that he will most likely win an Oscar for a movie that’s not even close to what he’s done in the past. For me Tom Hardy is the real star of The Revenant! His performance is absolutely Oscar-worthy.

The Revenant is nominated for 12 Oscars – YES, TWELVE. The most important ones being Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Directing. I personally hope that Leo gets his Oscar because he deserves one – not necessarily for this movie but for everything else, and I hope Tom Hardy gets his Oscar too, but I guess we will have to wait and see what happens on Sunday.

I think this is a movie you have to watch and judge for yourself because the opinions are polarizing, and it is very hyped, so it’s easy to get disappointed for that reason. I gave The Martian 3/5, which was a movie I enjoyed watching, so it is only fair to give The Revenant 2/5 statues, as it still has great scenery and cinematography and great actors.

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