You may wonder why I would blog about a movie. Well, it is visual art and I'm a visual artist. I shoot stills, while movies are "moving pictures." Also, I have blogged about things that inspire me and I will definitely add this movie to the list of inspirational items.
First and foremost, this movie is visually stunning. It's been a long time since a movie has stuck with me like this. The cinematography is some of the best I've seen in a long time. See it in the theatre to experience the full scope. You'll thank me for that piece of advice later.
Another thing that struck me with this movie is the juxtaposition of the beauty and brutality of nature and the beauty and brutality of mankind. I photograph both people and nature. I may get into the complexities of humankind with some of my conceptual fine art portraits, but rarely do I showcase the brutality of nature. I am fully aware of it. I respect nature because if you don't, you'll end up doing something stupid that will lead to injury or death.
If you are a stickler for facts, know that it's taken liberties with the true story that it's based on, but this is not a documentary. It is a dramatized version of the story. There are many sub-themes within the movie. In order to make these points, some variations and stretching of the truth were made. If you want a factual account, there are many books about Hugh Glass. Because a lot is not known about the man, except for his ordeal covered in this movie, creating a fictional backstory seemed appropriate to propel the movie forward.
Before you run off to the theater this weekend, be warned that the violence is graphic. If you can't handle it, you may want to skip this movie. However, considering the scope and reality of nature and humans, for once, violent depictions in a movie belong in the movie. It would not work as well had they softened the violent bits. The vast differences between the sweeping beauty of the landscape and the brutal violence propel this story forward.