The Revenant (2015)
The internet is breaking! Finally, after six nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio brings home his first ever Oscar win and is named best actor at the 88th Academy Awards. Leonardo DiCaprio, who took the central role, had gone to such great lengths and incredibly uncomfortable experiences. Aside from the best actor award, the film also bagged the Best Cinematography and Best Director awards.
Let's talk about the film (which I watched a couple of days ago). On its surface, The Revenant is a story about revenge and survival. The Revenant is unique among these stories, so much so that I would argue it’s not even really a survival tale, at least not in the traditional sense. Whereas films like Cast Away, The Grey, and 127 Hours celebrate hope, ingenuity, and humanist questions about man being in control of his own destiny, The Revenant broaches a new idea that might be described as “transcendental survivalism.” It’s about the taming of nature and the displacement of God (in the form of the Arikara, or “Ree,” people) by the forces of white, European settlers. The Revenant does not disavow religion in any atheistic or even agnostic sense, but rather relegates “God” to an inferior, mortal presence—below that of man.