Even though I think I should, here are 5 reasons why I don't like The Revenant

Even though I think I should, here are 5 reasons why I don't like The Revenant ...

I want to despise The Revenant since I first saw it back in 2015, and I do understand; this has bothered me for years now, because I love Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and the director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. I also like non-traditional westerns, as well as contemplative films that contemplate the notions of loss and vengeance.

Why do I not like The Revenant, then? It checks all the boxes for me, yet...I just don't. I have put it on my list of the top ten Leonardo DiCaprio films, well aware that I don't really enjoy it all that much. This really burns me out inside since I want it!

However, I think I made some discoveries upon my fourth viewing of The Revenant the other day, and I want to share some of them with you. I suppose it's because miserableness loves company. And not liking The Revenant makes me miserable!

Oh, and spoilers are on the way.

It Was Filmed Nearly Completely In Natural Light, Which Is Really Impressive, But I Don't Think It Adds To The Film

Stanley Kubrick's films are exceptional, and one of my favorites is Barry Lyndon, which is as beautiful as it is engaging. The reason why I bring it up is because it famously utilizes a lot of natural light, with some shots shot entirely under candlelight. This makes the film feel more authentic given the time period, and it's even more interesting because the setting is such a standout feature.

The Revenant, a film by Mexican filmmaker Emmanuel Lubezki, who also worked on Birdman, worked his butt off, I'm sure, because he's accomplished a lot of things.

Because of The Revenant, I find it to be a dark film, even with all the snow. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but as much as I want to be impressed by the natural lighting of The Revenant, I find myself not. In fact, sometimes, I feel like I have to remind myself that the film is actually using natural lighting.

Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar for his performance in this film, but I think he deserves it more for other films.

The Revenant is one of Leo's best films, but I don't want to because it's the film for which he won the Academy Award, like his vicious character in Django Unchained, where he even used his real blood, or his character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, who had a major trailer jarring out.

In most of his other films, I find Leo to be a much more interesting actor. In The Revenant, he plays a fur trapper named Hugh Glass who is mauled by a bear, is left for dead, and finds his son murdered. He then sets off on a quest for vengeance, which is fascinating in theory, but Leo gives a very patient and quiet performance.

I find Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in The Revenant to be somewhat mid-range, according to a Gen-Z term, which leaves me wondering: Did he get it because he was so talented, or did he get it because he suffered so much? Even today, I'm not sure what the answer to that question is.

Tom Hardy gives a great performance, but it's lost on me.

Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors, as I believe he can do anything. From Bronson to Inception to Venom, you include Tom Hardy in it, and I'll watch it. I've seen The Revenant, but I'm unsure how he's describing himself throughout the film.

It's because Tom Hardy swallows his words. Yes, it's intentional for the character, however it bug me all the time when he starts talking about things like, "God is a squirrel" to my ears. Although many would consider Squirtle to be a godly Pokemon, I don't even consider it to be one of the 12 best Pokemon.

After Birdman, the director received wide wide praise for his work, but I thought Birdman was much better.

Only three filmmakers have ever won back-to-back Best Director awards, and that's John Ford, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. And, like Ford and Mankiewicz, who both had one film that won Best Picture during those consecutive wins (Ford's was How Green Was My Valley, and Mankiewicz had All About Eve), the same applies for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who won Best Picture for Birdman (it lost to

I loved Birdman. In fact, I think it's one of the best Academy Award Best Picture winners of the 2010s. I expected The Revenant to be another fantastic, mindbender film that took me to new places, but no. The Revenant is not that type of film.

Before Birdman, The Revenant was actually much more conducive to the director's more shady films, and it's my fault that I set my expectations too high. I still find myself debating why I love Birdman so much, and I can't claim to have the same passion for The Revenant. Thems just the breaks, anyway.

People like it for being dark and dreary, but I personally find it too dreary.

Lastly, The Revenant is just TOO dreary for me. And I like dreary movies. In fact, I like this particular director's dreary films, like Babel, 21 Grams, and Amores Perros. However, The Revenant feels TOO cold and too distant for me. By the end, I'm emotionally drained to the point that I'm depressed.

This may be the main reason why I don't like The Revenant, since I always have to take a nap after watching it. I'm just so emotionally drained while watching it that I can't even remember it.

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