Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant is currently streaming for free on Amazon Freevee, and it’s clear that this Academy Award winning film has staying power. As of this writing, The Revenant is dominating the rankings on FlixPatrol with a number 10 ranking on the streaming platform this week.
The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is streaming for free on Amazon Freevee.
The Revenant also marks Leonardo DiCaprio’s first Academy Award win for Best Actor, a status that alluded him finally secured it with his portrayal of Hugh Glass.
The Revenant is a visceral exercise of imagery and suspense, and Leonardo DiCaprio was certainly put through the wringer during its production. Though the bear that attacked DiCaprio’s Glass was the product of expertly done CGI, he certainly took a beating while filming the sequence in which he was thrown around like a rag doll.
To add insult to injury, the subzero temperatures in which the film was shot made DiCaprio quite sick on more than one occasion.
At this point, we’re all familiar with how Jack Dawson succumbed to hypothermia at the end of Titanic, but several sources went on record confirming that the water was quite warm (around 80 degrees Fahrenheit) during production of the James Cameron epic.
In the case of The Revenant, however, the temperatures reached a staggering 40 below while filming, and DiCaprio actually came down with the flu a few times during production.
Though he made a full recovery from his ailments, he continued to work on the film while sick, and the coughing that we hear in the final cut of the film isn’t dialed in, but rather an extremely sick Leonardo DiCaprio just trying to get through the workday.
In a way, Leonardo DiCaprio’s commitment to The Revenant could almost be seen as a forced form of method acting. This is not to say that DiCaprio isn’t capable of losing himself in a role, which he has done many times over, but it’s safe to say that the natural elements caused him to dial up the intensity.
When you watch in horror as the brutal winter beats Glass down over, and over again, it’s clear that filming The Revenant was no picnic.
Just like the film’s production, simply watching The Revenant is an endurance test in its own right. Based on the 1915 poem, “The Song of Hugh Glass”, the Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman) directed film draws inspiration from the real-life story of Hugh Glass, who is expertly portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Though we don’t deny that this kind of accolade was deserved on DiCaprio’s part, we’d argue that his beard should have taken home some sort of award as well.
The poem chronicles the trials and tribulations that Glass faced when he was left for dead by his travel companions, and highlights his quest for survival and revenge against insurmountable odds.
Though the poem itself is only composed of five cantos, there was plenty of inspiration to adapt the story into a 156 minute foray into the wilderness in this Leonardo DiCaprio film. Just like the poem, the storytelling in The Revenant is quite linear, and leaves very little room for ambiguity.
…DiCaprio’s delivery is so convincing in Glass’ desire to seek revenge that we can’t help but be awestruck by the performance.
What we’re presented with is a harrowing trek of trappers through Dakota territory and the obstacles they face in the form of Arikara warriors who are defending their lands from the men who are ravaging it, as well as the obstacles that the trappers create for themselves through their own infighting and betrayal.
Alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, we witness the talents of Tom Hardy and Domhall Gleeson in their portrayals of John S. Fitzgerald and Andrew Henry, respectively. Fitzgerald’s ruthlessness toward a gravely injured Glass cannot be understated, and given the filming conditions, DiCaprio’s delivery is so convincing in Glass’ desire to seek revenge that we can’t help but be awestruck by the performance.
Though Hardy was rightfully nominated by the Academy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Leonardo DiCaprio took home the win for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Though we don’t deny that this kind of accolade was deserved on DiCaprio’s part, we’d argue that his beard should have taken home some sort of award as well.
The Revenant earned $533 million at the box office against a budget of $135 million, and a 78 percent critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating both commercial success and critical acclaim.
And now, eight years after its 2015 release, The Revenant is currently the tenth highest streaming film on Amazon Freevee this week according to FlixPatrol. If you want to see Leonardo DiCaprio at his absolute best, we strongly recommend The Revenant, but urge you to err with caution because this film is not for the faint of heart.