I don't buy movies, but after renting this movie twice, I bought it. It's one of the most stunning movies I've seen. The cinematography leaves me breathless. It's one of those movies where you lose all sense of yourself and fall into. I watched it a couple of years ago and couldn't get it out of my head. I finally talked myself into buying the darn movie. I've seen it 3 times now and I literally sit there slack-jawed for 2 1/2 hrs, mesmerized by every detail. The Revenant is now on my list of jaw-dropping films, and I'm keeping an eye out for more films by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
The only other films that have affected me this way are Apocalypse Now, Baraka, & A New World. When I first saw The Revenant, it reminded me of a Terrance Malik film, one of my favorite directors. After I made the purchase, I found out the cinematographer for A New World, Emmanuel Lubezki, is also the cinematographer on this film. hmmm...I guess I have a "type" when it comes to film aesthetic. I thoroughly enjoyed the natural light, natural settings, natural sounds, and snake like slither of the camera. The wide lens feels like I'm there inside the scene and it's not staged. The breath on the camera lens was a nice touch. I tend to enjoy films without a lot of dialogue and a great score, too, so if you're into that film style, you'll love this movie. The story is remarkable and completely brutal. The film is magnificent; a true work of art.