The wild is expansive and a world in the 1820s that was so harsh it takes a lot of fortitude to stay alive. The Revenant was top notch with it's performances and one of the best film production I have ever seen last year. And there are a few things I reflected on that was both rich and depressive in the story I had to share. So here are some things I've learned.
Every breath counts. They say "All lives matter" when there's so much hatred and pain in the world. However, that doesn't mean all lives can run out when they're weak by those who keep them down. Glass mentions this in the beginning with his son Hawk and he doesn't wait around for something to happen until expiring. One main action Alejandro González Iñárritu tells the audience in his movies is listening; expression to sounds all around us can determine how we can act. The sound of breathing is constant throughout with gasping, slow, and fast breathing.
Revenge is the best motivation (But it will haunt you). It's a classic feature in storytelling and has been used often. It's the only type of emotion that strives humans and is the only thought running in the mind. Once it's been accomplish, what happens then? Reflection on how revenge will take form. Glass, and many other characters, think about how much they've sacrificed it almost feels like survivor's guilt because committing murder takes effort and afterwards can lead to serious mental trauma. It's a form of social justice Glass receives when he finds Fitzgerald, but doesn't really solve anything. All unfathomable actions are no good anyway. According to Psychologist Kevin Carlsmith, replying an event of revenge can only make you worse if you don't trivialize the event and ignore it completely.
Nature is the real enemy. Rain, sleet, snow, mountains, rivers, trees, besides Indians and animals, the weather conditions suppresses everything in the Frontier from hypothermia to blisters and cracking of the skin. It's can also make someone delusional if they've been out for too long. Both in the book and in the movie, Fitzgerald explains how he and another Frontiersman discovered religion and how they "found" God in the form of a squirrel while fur trapping. While it may not have been accounted historically, there can be signs similar to cabin fever to what Fitzgerald and possibly others have had. After all there's nothing but beautiful, dangerous environments that look the same.
Everyone is looking for something. Key items with strange, important imagery are connected from someone, somewhere and are passed on for finding. And they can be messages too. Money, people, sanctions, particularly the water canteen, and the Chief's missing daughter deal with a tender side that bring about attention to detail in the story. What did you think of The Revenant? What were some things you've found that was interesting?