Wednesday, 13 April 2016
It has been a while since I did a book or film update on here so I shall rectify that and do both. For one reason or another I never got to see The Revenant on the big screen first time around so decided to read the book instead. They (whoever they are?) always say the book is better than the film and to read the book first. There were certainly some major differences that Director Alejandro González Iñárritu brought to the film.
The book is a fast paced story of survival and revenge. Michael Punke`s book is a fictionalised retelling of the real events in the life of Hugh Glass. Punke's novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass joins the Rocky Mountain Fur Co. on a venture into perilous, unexplored territory. After being savagely mauled by a grizzly bear, his nearly lifeless body is left in the care of two volunteers from the company-John Fitzgerald, a ruthless mercenary, and young Jim Bridger. Fitzgerald and Bridger not only abandon Glass but worse they rob the wounded man of his weapons and tools-the very things that might have given him a chance on his own. Deserted, defenseless, and furious, Glass vows his survival. And his revenge. It is a tale of unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. The film adaption does differ with the introduction of 'Hawk'(Forrest Goodluck)the half native son of Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is killed by Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). This becomes the centre of the plots conflict as Glass seeks vengeance for the murder. Setting out in search of the men who left him for dead in the movie he wanders aimlessly through the wilderness, experiencing flashbacks to happier times, eventually happening across his target. The book climaxes in a courtroom. The movie climaxes with two men engaged in a knife fight to the death. The film was shot mostly in Canada and Argentina and used only natural light which delayed the filming somewhat. I can thoroughly recommend both the book and film which are equally enjoyable in their own right.