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"The Revenant" and Akira Kurosawa
When I started watching the "The Revenant" after a minute to the movie I stopped and realized that I don't know what its title actually means. I googled it and found out that it is a french word and means "The Return" when translated into English which reminded me a 2003 Russian masterpiece "The Return" but the two movies don't share much except their titles.
"The Revenant" is a movie about pain. And a little bit about revenge. Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) goes through all kinds of suffering throughout the movie. Physical and emotional. He gets eaten by a bear, falls off the cliff, has his son killed, burns his wounds, gets stabbed, gets stuck in a snow storm, almost starves to death and etc. At some point I even thought he'll probably get abducted and raped by aliens. But it didn't happen.
DiCaprio is very good at playing the main character and depicting different types of pain. His facial expressions make you feel like you are experiencing that pain yourself while watching him go through it. But I think he did exactly what the director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu told him to do and that's why part of his accomplishment is due to him. I don't think this role is DiCaprio's best in his acting career. He should've gotten an Oscar for his previous performances. As majority of the people I wanted him to get an Oscar but I'm not sure if this role really deserved one.
I enjoyed Tom Hardy's acting more. I think, he deserved an Oscar for his acting in this movie more than DiCaprio did. I liked his kind of emotionless reaction when DiCaprio chopped his fingers off during the last fight scene.
The battle scenes are very intense. The scenes where the people get killed by taking an arrow to throat are very well shot. These scenes reminded me one of the best scenes in the history of film called "Throne of Blood" by Akira Kurosawa. I probably watched that scene four or five times when I watched "Throne of Blood". I think, that's where the Alejandro G. Iñárritu got his inspiration for those scenes.
The film doesn't show how long it took Glass (DiCaprio) to heal and get back his strength to fight and win healthy Fitzgerald. Recovering and even surviving in those severe conditions with those severe injuries in what feels like short period of time is very unlikely to me. You can say it's just a movie and these kind of stuff happens in the movies all the time. I just don't like when a movie claims to be realistic with the scenes but the general big picture (the script) is extremely unrealistic.