as reviewed by Aristotle
In the Revenant, Leonard DiCaprio's character Mr. Glass is a hardy frontiersman who is abandoned by his group after being injured by a bear. His growth and development throughout the film drives the plot, as he is plagued with the need for revenge of his son, who is murdered by a member of his group.
The plot is driven by the struggles of Mr. Glass. He forges on through the wilderness in a seemingly futile attempt to get back to the outpost of his people. His struggles are emotive, desperate, and keep the audience on the edge of their seats.
When awoken by attacking Native Americans, Mr. Glass leaps astride his horse and gallops away in attempt to save himself. They ride off of a sheer cliff, and the stunning camerawork drops the audience's stomach as Mr. Glass and his steed free fall into a snowy ravine. This heartwrenching scene is a spectacle in of itself.
Throughout the film, the plot reveals the theme of revenge and love. Mr. Glass' actions are driven by his need for revenge for his son, and the overwhelming love he has for his son causes him to need revenge in the first place. Without this need, his strength would have waned and he would not have made it back to the outpost.
The character dialogue in the Revenant is antiquated and based off of 1800s dialect records. This dialogue makes the entire experience more realistic, and brings the audience back in time along with the characters. It ties the setting together.
The film score of the Revenant is haunting. It provides an ambient mood throughout the film that heightens the experience built by the setting, theme, and plot.