This launched the “oh I’ve seen them in one other thing” careers of at least 3 actors
CIFF Viewing #3
I really wanted this film to work for me, and I’m going to do my best to explain why it didn’t.
It’s such vital subject matter, and yet I just could not see the importance of this film other than the fact that it’s about ACT UP - a phenomenal and critical organization in the fight against HIV/AIDS. However, this isn’t an informational film, and even if it was I’d still expect more from the content of…
The Revenant is two and a half hours of pain; it's a journey to get through. It's also the years most beautiful looking and sounding film. Leonardo DiCaprio gives it his all in a role for which I can't say I'll be disappointed if he finally wins the gold. Tom Hardy is excellent, as usual, and the film is crafted with an overwhelming amount of care. Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu is one of cinema's most impressive and surprising filmmakers, and if you can manage to get through his latest, you'll find yet another reason to appreciate his craft.
Tarantino reminds us again why we love him. One of his most well paced films, despite a seemingly daunting 3 hour running time, The Hateful Eight is a masterpiece. His impressive writing successfully juggles 8 distinct and memorable characters, and keeps everything consistently interesting despite the limited setting of the story. Tarantino should not be able to surprise anyone at this point; he's so consistently great. It's a testament to his talent that he surprises yet again.