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2016

Leonardo DiCaprio as Hugh Glass
Tom Hardy as Fitzgerald
Domhnall Gleeson as Captain Henry
Will Poulter as Bridger
Directed and co-written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Welp. This is my bet for all the Oscar nominations. I’m guessing Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography, Adapted Screenplay, Sound, Makeup, and maybe even a Supporting Actor or Costuming nod. It’s a great film.

Hugh Glass works as a scout in a motley crew of frontier trappers. A series of events take away everything he holds dear, and sets him on a path of revenge against one of the men he trapped with.

It was difficult to watch this movie. Considering the setting (the Great Plains) and what we know about that period in history (early to mid-1800s), it’s brutal. The weapons are single shot, knives are more useful, everyone is trying to kill everyone else (the French, Americans, and the numerous tribes of Native Americans), and so much more. And it’s set in the winter. Surviving all of the threats, including starvation, seems like an extremely long shot. But somehow, Glass makes it through.

What were my favorite elements of this incredible film?
• Cinematography. This film is absolutely breathtaking. Filmed in remote areas, using only natural light, it makes sense that Inarritu needed a ridiculous budget. You only get so much usable light in the winter in the Canadian Rockies. THIS is what life looks like without Instagram filters.
• The acting. Every character was necessary. If Leo doesn’t win this year, he might just want to hang up his hat. I’ve never seen anything like this. Tom Hardy was a really good bad guy. He’s gotten a lot of practice, so this was another excellent example of him as villain. And Lukas Haas is in it too! #Inception2
• All of Inarritu’s storytelling subtleties. The whispers, the flashbacks, the visual surprises. Just fantastic. I’m a big fan of this guy. Birdman was excellent. This is too.

Weepy Meter: 4/10 Yes, animals die. This is a brutal period in history. Lots of people die too. But man. That appaloosa from the trailer. Ugh.
Man Meter: 10/10 Call him RIGHT NOW and get tickets. He might want to go again, since he attended last night’s opening.
Overall Rating: 10/10 It’s so so so SO SO SO good. Go see it. You’ll be a total stress case, but it’s worth it.

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