Last night at The Golden Globes, “The Revenant” brought in three awards — for best actor, best director, and best drama. Wesley Morris of The New York Times on whether or not it’s worth the hype.
On the Revenant:
This is the beginning of this process. So now, here’s what’s going to happen. There’s got to be a narrative behind this. The narrative initially before the movie opened wide and made a lot of money, the narrative was “Wow, this was a hard shoot. It was cold and people suffered and it was a difficult thing to pull off.” What you noticed last night in a couple of the speeches was it’s now going to become, the narrative around this movie is going to become about its importance.
I like this movie up to a point and the thing that I think that I like about it a little bit is that it is trying to re-legislate the boundaries of the Western and bring marginalized entities from old Hollywood westerns closer to the center. Now, it’s still a movie about two white guys chasing each other around but I think there’s a lot of interesting identity things happening, not on the margins but closer to the middle of the story.