Gabriel Arthur's Review of The Revenant
I feel sort of torn about this film. It's definitely a must-see, even for the squeamish - it'll put hair on your chest. But I haven't yet had the urge to watch it a second time and can't imagine what I would get out of watching it again. It just leaves such a strong impression that you're not likely to forget much of it any time soon. And the tale falls kind of flat at the end. Knowing there's that disappointing ending ahead doesn't exactly lend magnetism to the idea of sitting through it again, the entire (very long) thing, especially once all the surprises are gone. I dunno. I mean there's really not much bad to say about a film when the worst you can say about it is really just all the primordial, generic complaints about really great stories in general. I guess that's it. It's a really, really great story. It's superbly shot, choreographed, made up, costumed, everything. It's all just about perfect. But in the end the movie itself doesn't captivate me too well. However, if I held more of an avid interest in vast, snowy, American wildernesses or the time period of the 1820's (or Hugh Glass as a historical figure) perhaps this movie would be like a godsend. I mean it really is a breathtaking film. So I have to take into consideration that maybe it wasn't meant for me. And if I was the sort of person this film was meant for, "hoo doggie". And I honestly have a lot of respect for all of the choices that went into making this film. So, I have to give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. The missing half star is because it just doesn't strike me as particularly re-watchable.