Holly on Hollywood
by Holly McClure
Since “The Revenant” has an R rating, I’m reviewing the Oscar nominated film to help you “choose your movies wisely”!
Inspired by true events of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), The Revenant, opens with Glass guiding the fur trapping expedition to safety after fleeing a band of Arikara tribesmen who ambushed their camp. While Glass is exploring a forest, he’s brutally attacked by a mother grizzly. Barely breathing, he’s left behind with fellow trapper (Tom Hardy) who tragically betrays Glass and leaves him for dead. With no weapons and wracked with pain, he drags himself to find food, rest and shelter, until his wounds heal. Guided by unimaginable grief to complete his 200-mile trek for revenge, Glass overcomes incredible obstacles, a vicious winter and the pursuing Arikara, who have a score to settle.
Director and co-writer Alejandro Iñárritu has created a visually stunning frontier epic, giving audiences a rare glimpse of the untamed wilderness of 1820’s America. Using natural light, sound and wide angles, he created a realistic and brutal winter wilderness that Glass survived. By the end of the movie I was actually cold and exhausted! There are flashbacks of his wife and son that guide and speak life into him and although there is little dialogue, DiCaprio projects every human emotion necessary to connect the audience with his journey.
The R rating is for realistic frontier combat and violence, a brutal bear attack, a sexual assault between a trapper and a Pawnee woman (no nudity), brief male nudity of a man attacked by Indians, profanity and language. So this is clearly a movie for mature audiences who can handle the intense content, themes and brutal battles between man and nature.
I was enthralled with this incredible story of the power of the human mind and spirit. And I appreciated the profound spiritual references about God and revenge. DiCaprio deserves an Oscar for this unforgettable performance.
“Remember to Choose Your Movies Wisely”
~Holly On Hollywood~
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Holly McClure is a multimedia personality with a career that spans over 20 years in the entertainment industry. Her background as a film critic, film and television producer, creative director, filmographer, radio and television host, author and pundit for family values, has established her expertise and made her a recognized advocate for family-friendly entertainment.
Holly was the first family film critic syndicated in over 365 newspapers with The Orange County Register. Her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews have been featured on TBN, Daystar and can now be seen on Uplift TV, The Word Network, UANetwork, Parables.tv and other affiliates.
In 2002, Mel Gibson asked Holly to come to Italy and film the behind-the-scenes interviews for The Passion of the Christ. She produced a one hour special, The Making of The Passion of the Christ (TBN, ION) and has since produced numerous press features for films like; Do You Believe, Dancer and the Dame, God’s Not Dead, The Frontier Boys, House, Thr3e, One Night With the King, Midnight Clear, The Visitation, Hangman’s Curse and others.
Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and serves on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council. She is a proud mother, grandmother, mentor and Christian, and passionate about supporting and creating life-changing entertainment!