Tuesday, January 19, 2016

'The Revenant' is Really Good

I know a lot of conservatives will dismiss "The Revenant," because Leo DiCaprio is perhaps the most pathetic climate change leftist since Al Gore. That'd be a mistake though. It's a great film. And it's especially great for conservatives, because the film's frontier, man-in-the-wilderness ethic speaks powerfully to American exceptionalism and the ideology of individualism.

Besides, it's an epic of cinematography. A pure beauty to behold. And the story's pretty cool, based on the real life travails of early-19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass.

I can see why the movie's got such huge Oscar buzz. And of course, Leo's been denied a win after five nominations, so he's a shoo-in for a best-actor award this year, especially after seeing how well "The Revenant" did at the Golden Globes.

In any case, the film got decent reviews. See Kenneth Turan, at LAT, "'The Revenant' is a survival tale of beautiful, brute strength," and Manohla Dargis, at NYT, "Review: ‘The Revenant’ Welcomes You to Paradise. Now Prepare to Fall."