Presented by James M. Tate / 2/29/2016 / No comments / john huston , leonardo dicaprio , remake , richard harris , tom hardy , western
REVIEWS OF REVENANT & MAN IN THE WILDERNESS
Meanwhile, back in the early-seventies, Richard Harris (who, for Millennial knowledge, was the original Dumbledore in the first two HARRY POTTER flicks), and under primal direction of VANISHING POINT auteur Richard C. Sarafian, without having to reach for a Golden Statue, naturally played a character based on Hugh Glass named Zachary Bass: while not the leader of a group of eclectic fur trappers, knows his way around the territory better than anyone and, wandering the woodsy locale, he comes across something that's even more Native than Indians: That being a ferocious bear, leading to an attack that renders Bass unable to move and basically, his group, led by a cold-hearted, world-weary quiet type in John Huston's Captain Henry (his men carrying a miniature arc on a long journey to find the river necessary to sustain their trade) leaves his once-important number-one man behind to die, presuming he's more than halfway to the Pearly Gates already.
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THE REVENANT: **1/2
MAN IN THE WILDERNESS: ***
TRIVIA: This Double-Review has been re-blogged since tonight was the Oscars, and Leo won his Golden Statue, and so did Alejandro González Iñárritu for Best Director, but the film lost for Best Picture, which is always an indication of movie-politics: exposing priests raping kids in the Best Picture winner, SPOTLIGHT, is more important than the (at this point, dated issue of the) inhumane treatment of Native Americans; and also proof that REVENANT simply isn't that good a movie • And what's in a name? Well both films, the one starring Richard Harris and Leo's triumph, are based on the life of frontiersman/trapper Hugh Glass, although for some reason the original Hugh's name is changed to Zack Bass, but what makes this particular vehicle, in this reviewer's opinion, a downright remake is how similar both films are in the screenplay and situations within the script itself, not just the historic story in which both are based. For example, anyone can make a film about Abe Lincoln, but if a movie, three decades later, centered on the 16th President trying to get enough votes to free the slaves, then, well... there should be some copyright issues • And a special thanks to JB, the Cult Film Freak phantom editor and personal cinematic Obi-Wan, for sending the Richard Harris double-feature DVD a week before THE REVENENT hit theaters, and without explanation, said to watch WILDERNESS before THE DEADLY TRACKERS, which will be reviewed soon.