The Revenant

I watched The Revenant yesterday. Starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy in the lead, this film is well, slightly underwhelming.

The whole film follows Hugh Glass, a fur trader or explorer. How he kills a grizzly bear and how he catches up to Fitzgerald, who left him out in the open to die.

The production of this ambitious movie was said to be affected by notorious weather which forced it to last many days longer than they thought. Tom Hardy had to leave Suicide Squad due to this.

In the movie, nature plays a big role. It is by the same director who brought us Birdman, and he shot this film using natural light. While nature was the prime adversity in making this film possible, but in the movie it isn’t. The nature scenics act as a background against which the characters show and tell themselves. It’s greed, revenge and selfishness which drives them ultimately, leading to the circumstances one after another. Even though it is brutal human nature, the movie shows glimmers of hope and innocence every now and then, through Bridgler or The Arikara who treated Hugh.

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Ullyses and Walter Mitty

Today, I read Ullyses and watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The central theme, I think which is living life, was common in both.

Now I know a little about Ullyses’ background. Lord Tennyson wrote this poem in 1833. It is written in free verse, as a monologue, which the speaker Ullyses, speaks first to himself and then his mates who were with him on his travels. He ponders over his life, that it is not wise to live in a monotone with his old wife. He says that to remain stationary and merely breathing is not life, there is much more novelty to it. He wishes to live life to its fullest, even though he’s old and short on time.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2014) is a movie by Ben Stiller. He acted and directed this movie. It is about Walter who has a habit of daydreaming, who lives his life in his mind. It is about how he goes from daydreaming to living his dreams, catching up with life in the task.

The way I see it, both are works of art. Though one is merely 2 years old and the other a little short of 200, it is amazing to see the relevance both the works have in their subjects – living life, whether it is Ullyses or Walter.

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