Fifteen years after development first started on The Revenant and three directors later, it has finally appeared on the big screen. The question has to be: was it worth the wait?
Inspired by the real life experiences of American frontiersman Hugh Glass, The Revenant opens at pace, with a brutal attack on a hunting party carried out at the hands of a Native American tribe searching for their leader’s kidnapped daughter.
Only a handful of the group survives and while Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is separated from the rest of his party, he suffers a near fatal encounter with a bear.
After watching his son die at the hands of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), Glass is left for dead. Miraculously, he pulls himself together and braves unforgiving elements as he sets out for vengeance.
The cinematography and acting will have you utterly convinced, as you are transported to the American wilderness, all but sharing the experience of a bitterly cold winter in uncharted lands and empathising with the pain of Glass’ anguish and also his burning desire for revenge.
In answer to the earlier question, it’s probably a yes. The Revenant is an emotionally charged epic, propelled by sheer force of will and a man unwilling to give in until justice is done.
Brad (Will Ferrell) is the well meaning, but largely embarrassing stepfather to Megan and Dylan. Just as the two children begin to grow closer to the new figure in their lives, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg), the children’s effortlessly cool biological father, shows back up on the scene, initiating an “old-fashioned Dad-off”. The two actors teamed up to hilarious effect in 2010’s The Other Guys and their reunion provides solid, if predictable laughs as the one-upmanship between the two parents increases. If you’re a fan of Ferrell when he plays the whimpering, ineffectual good guy and are looking for a straightforward comedy, see this movie.
The Peanuts Movie
The iconic comic strip has just marked its 65th anniversary and what better way to celebrate than with the first big screen appearance of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of gang. The Peanuts Movie is the charming story of an underdog, Charlie Brown (voiced by Noah Schnapp), and his dog Snoopy (voiced by Bill Melendez), both of whom have very different quests they aim to complete. The animation is at times reminiscent of the old comics, making it both modern and traditional at the same time and is a great introduction to these much-loved characters for the younger generation.
Preview: The Boy
When Greta (Lauren Cohan) took the job as a nanny to babysit Brahms, she wasn’t expecting her charge to be a life-size porcelain doll used by an elderly couple to cope with the death of their son years before. Given a strict set of rules to follow, Greta soon notices that every time she breaks one, something mysterious happens, convincing her that the doll may not be inanimate after all.
You may wonder what a paralysed chess Grandmaster (Amitabh Bachchan) and a tough cop stricken with grief (Farhan Akhtar) have in common. The first major Bollywood release throws the unlikely pair together as they play a deadly game against a mysterious opponent. Wazir promises to be a fast paced and intelligent rollercoaster ride, just like a good game of chess.