I just watched this film on my day off from work and I wanted to hear what those of you who watched thought about it.
Some of my thoughts.
Cinematography- beautiful, as was to be expected. I definitely felt immersed in this world and a part of the action. The long shots that Iñárritu used in Birdman were used mostly well, but were probably overdone. That's okay, it was a minor annoyance.
Soundtrack- Very good. I didn't feel overwhelmed by the score, but I was also reminded of its pleasant existence during action sequences and also quieter scenes. Then it would occasionally fade into the background during times of exposition. Nothing special, but fine nonetheless.
DiCaprio- Effective. With minimal dialogue, DiCaprio's character showed determination of spirit, anger, and a worldview that I could understand. Do I think he deserves an Oscar for this film? Nah, but I enjoyed the restrained hero direction of acting that he used, much like Tom Hardy in Fury Road. You don't have to say a lot to get the job done.
Action- Yes, this film was brutal, and even more so than I expected, even if I knew there was going to be a bear attack. I loved it. Call me sick, twisted, or whatever, but realistic, bloody fight scenes that verge on overindulgent don't bother me. However, my gf had heard about the violence and wanted nothing to do with this movie, and I don't blame her.
Tom Hardy- He makes a pretty good villain and lends a great personality to the character, but I couldn't get over his horrible Southern American accent or whatever he was going for. I grew up in Maryland and Virginia, and I've traveled through much of the South, but I couldn't place what he was trying to go for. People like to shit on Americans doing foreign accents poorly, and rightfully so, but that doesn't mean the rest of the world is that much better at it. Heck, it took Mel Gibson 20 years to not sound like a doofus and Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe still have a tendency to overdo it.
Story- for the most part, I didn't have a huge problem with it, but it felt a little too loose at times. Maybe I just need to rewatch the film, but I didn't have a firm grasp on the backstory between the American trappers and the Arikara (a.k.a. the Rees) and I think it would have helped build more of the tension to know more about the lost daughter and her relation to the Americans.
Summary: Best film of the year? Unlikely. Enjoyable story with plenty of action, gritty realism, and a great survival/chase sequence? Totally.
What are your thoughts?