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A nod to "The Revenant"

Original post made by Plane Speaker, Crescent Park, on Jan 11, 2016

It would be really nice if the movie reviews section here on Palo Alto Online
would have some space for comments. Peter Canavese's 2.5 star review
can be read here:

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Having seen this last night at the newly, actually I don't know how newly
exactly, remodeled Century Shoreline, with its large, soft, reclining seats,
this was an interesting movie.

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Hardy, but mostly the most wild
desolate places of natural beauty from both South and North America
this movie is:

1 dimensional story in a mutli-dimensional wild natural world.

I guess the natural comparison to this movie in my mind is Michael Mann's
1992 epic version of "Last of the Mohicans", starring Daniel Day Lewis and
Madeline Stowe. Both movies are set in the wild uncivilized version of
America before America wherein settlers, governments and natives collide,
"The Revenant" being a racking 44 minutes longer at 156 minutes in length.
LOFM have a plot and characters that propelled it on and make it something
that can be watched, perhaps several times, a primeval kind of energy,
a passion that "The Revenant" just lacks.

While "The Revenant" is recommendable and watchable, personally I cannot
rate a movie over 5/10 if I could not watch it again, and "The Revenant"
was a grueling ordeal to sit through despite some suspense and action
just is not complex enough to watch more than once. It also tends to
rub our noses in gore and violence, the gritty version of the frontier as
Hollywood loves to do these days.

I'd drop the rating down to a 2/5, but not because the movie is bad, because
it is simple and predictable, yet such a treat for the eyes were we not
forced to experience gore and the worst of human nature and for no
real storytelling or dramatic purpose.

It's an odd thing to want to strongly recommend a movie that I would rate
so low, but I think those who might want to see "The Revenant" should not
miss it in the big screen.


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