‘The Revenant’ trailer teases a long awaited Leonardo DiCaprio Best Actor win

It may be brutal, but Alejandro G. Iñárritu 'Birdman' follow up will be epic
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"

Now, that’s what you call a trailer.

If this post were a movie marketing critique we’d give the new preview for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” a flat out A.  It easily conveys the film’s story (a true one at a that) about a man left for dead by people he trusted after a savage bear attack.  Alive, he digs himself out of a makeshift grave and crosses the wilderness looking for revenge.

Iñárritu’s follow up to last year’s Best Picture winner, “Birdman,” has already become legendary for its six month long plus shoot in the Canadian wilderness and the filmmaker’s decision to shoot almost entirely during the day.  Even judging from the previews it’s easy to speculate that cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki may have topped his acclaimed work in “Gravity” and the aforementioned “Birdman” and could be looking at a category threepeat at the Academy Awards this February.  What this new trailer really highlights, however, is that it may finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s time.

The five-time Oscar nominee has a sterling resume and has starred in two Best Picture winners, “Titanic” and “The Departed,” and five other nominees, “Inception,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Aviator,” “Gangs of New York” and “Django Unchained.”  He’s one of the most accomplished actors of his generation and having seen the other major players in this category already “The Revenant” is shaping up to be his crowning achievement.


Moreover, in this wide-open year don’t discount the possibility of Iñárritu going back to back with Best Picture winners.  It’s been 11 years since a Best Picture winner screened for the first time in late November (“Million Dollar Baby”), but it’s looking increasingly bullish that “The Revenant” could break that trend.

What does everybody else think of the new preview? Is it Leo’s time? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

“The Revenant” opens in limited release on Dec. 25.


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