The Revenant

I highly recommend The Revenant, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. The film is basically two-and-a-half hours of DiCaprio being tortured in the hopes of finally winning an Academy Award. The film is as brilliant as it is brutal and gross. The much-hyped bear attack scene is like nothing seen in film before. It is prolonged and enthralling. It was a very long shoot and Inarritu used natural light, relying very little on CGI. All the pieces come together very well. The only slight flaw is that the film feels a bit long in parts. Nonetheless, The Revenant is a fantastic way to start the 2016 film year. I do hope DiCaprio finally wins that elusive Oscar.