Finally got around to seeing this.
Atmospheric, beautiful, exhausting, bleak.
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Leonardo DiCaprio completely immerses himself fully in the role (and in the belly of a horse *spoiler?*) in order to make the audience feel as hopeless and exhausted as he does, at points some of the expressions we see through some close-ups are quite disturbing . Not that i’m complaining; the film may lack some emotional character development and seems to half-bake a back story that we never quite get to understanding fully, but you can’t help but really feel like you are there, shivering and trudging your way through the wilderness. Tom Hardy continues to play a bad-guy well, although at times, he also continues to be borderline inaudible (See: Bane).
The camera work is superb, with clever use of slow pan movements that remind the audience of the vastness of the scenes and editing that allows for ‘nothing’ time, not rushing through the narrative, instead pausing when appropriate to allow us to absorb what is happening to poor Mr Glass (DiCaprio) now. The mise-en-scene is superb – DiCaprio looks truly mangled and the frosty beards add much to the feeling of suffering, the lack of warm tones, contrasted with the opposite in those flashbacks really makes use of Binary Oppositions.
Overall, an epic in every sense of the word and one that I thoroughly enjoyed.