The horse-riding tracking shot at the very end of this just-popped Revenant trailer is fantastic — the stuff of instant cinematic legend. Well, the whole trailer is but what a finale! And that rhythmic exhaling alternating with the drum beat. All hail Emmanuel Lubezki (his 70mm-like photography was captured in 6K digital by the Alexa 65) and Alejandro G. Inarritu, and let’s start the talk…I was going to say start the Leonardo DiCaprio-for-Best Actor conversation but based upon what? (I need to control myself.) Naturally I’d love to see The Revenant have its big worldwide debut in Telluride but I’m guessing it’ll start to screen in late October or early November…something like that.
The only thing that faintly bothers me (and this is barely worth mentioning) is the name of DiCaprio’s character — Hugh Glass. That’s not the name of a 19th Century trapper in the wildnerness. That’s the name of a physics professor at Princeton University in the late 1940s or ’50s. Or, speaking of the ’40s and ’50s, a member of J.D. Salinger‘s Glass family, possibly Seymour’s younger brother or better yet his son, conceived just before Seymour’s suicide.