I wish I could say I walked out of the theatre with a look of wonder in my eyes. With that feeling that the Leo Dicaprio from the Titanic was back. He was a boy I fell in love with about 20 years ago and I haven’t seen him since. Where did he go? I guess he grew up and left us with a lot of grown-up movies but none has captured the magic of the early Leo from Gilbert Grape and Romeo and Juliet with Claire Danes.
There was cinematic splendor during the Revenant, there was a sense of awe about survival and staying alive against all the forces of nature, particularly winter. But I didn’t find this translated well onto the screen. In fact, I was a little bored. Maybe this is a guys movie. Maybe this movie is hard for women to take because there are few women in it and few words.
I feel like we lost Leo to trying to prove he was someone else with less talent. I wish he’d find a good script and show us some more magic because the Revenant is just a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Even Tom Hardy couldn’t save it and that’s saying a lot. But then again, Hardy just might win an Oscar. It is his year, after all.