Leonardo DiCaprio’s upcoming film The Revenant has already made an impact on the audience in the first public screening. Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the film is based on the novel written by Michael Punke.
The film is set in 1823 and it follows Hugh Glass, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and his team of fur trappers. The fur trappers are played by Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Poulter. The story opens with an attack where their expedition is disrupted.
Soon after Hugh is attacked by a bear and he is left to die by his companions. Determined to survive, Hugh decides to find the other three and seek his revenge on those who could leave him behind.
While talking to Vancouver Sun, Leonardo DiCaprio said that the story progresses in a linear pattern and the screenplay is beautifully crafted. He added that for a movie that runs for 151 minutes, there are hardly any dialogues.
For the film, they had to put themselves in the midst of nature and try to understand the daily struggle that the people leaving in these areas have to go through.
Leonardo DiCaprio went on to say that the condition in which the cast and crew was working was very harsh. To make matters worse, director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu made it a point that he worked with the cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki only in natural light.
The team of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki went on to win the Oscar for the Birdman and those who have worked with them have a clear idea of the hard taskmasters these two can be. With Birdman they had to put in a lot, but they didn’t have to be pitted against a natural setting of this kind.
Leonardo DiCaprio also opened up to Maxim about his experience of shooting The Revenant and he said that the experience that he had while shooting this film is unlike any other he has ever had.
He said that it was the most difficult film for him and it isn’t something that he has ever done before. The cast and crew had to work in -30-degree temperature and given the kind of climate and the duration of day light in that area, they had only 90 minutes to capture a perfect sequence.
The Revenant was screened for the first time at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills and in its very first screening it has already won 14 Oscar nominations. The film has used the trademark style of both the master director and cinematographer and along with that it has Leonardo DiCaprio’s brilliant performance.
There is a huge uproar surrounding The Revenant because Jeffrey Wells, a well known film blogger has gone ahead and commented that the film is not suitable for the female audience. The film is very brutal and it is not something that women will be comfortable to watch.
Jeffrey Wells watched the preview screening of The Revenant and came out and tweeted that the film is brutal and it has depicted something that has never been seen before and that women should forget the idea of watching the film.
This tweet sparked instant attack where he was called a sexist and a misogynist. The Guardian reported that Jeffrey Wells took the onslaught of attacks pretty well and even wrote a blog on how he was attacked by the Twitter users over the comment.