The Revenant, or, Leo’s Cry To Win

Whew! This movie…

There seems to be a recent trend of including long, really long, shots of the Great Wilderness to help slow a film down or transition to a new scene. Here are my feels about it: 1) They’re beautiful. You get to see all the gorgeous parts of a landscape during the time of year that makes it so, without all the BS of having to live in it all the other days 2) This makes the film so friggin long. My husband and I, unfortunately, decided to go see this one on like a senior discount day or something because the theatre was PACKED with the elderly and I was not willing to navigate through them to go to the bathroom partway through, sooo the whole unnecessarily long thing was probably more prevalent than it would have been otherwise.

But onwards. This film was great.  It is definitely going in the “Bleak Bible” that I have started as an ongoing list of desperately depressing and/or hopeless movies to be rotated through on Thanksgiving (you know to feel more thankful…). Some of the more gory parts were a little hard to sit through, but it was worth it. The universe’s constant beating down on this poor man’s life was a hilarious parallel to Leo’s elusive Oscar–which verged on purposeful as he breaks the fourth wall in the closing shot with a clear, but unspoken “Feed me Seymourrrr!”

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The Revenant, or, Leo’s Cry To Win

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