>>64431093 >The Revenant, Macbeth, and Don Verdean show civilization’s decline. >The Revenant reworks the older westerns’ exploration of American history, and of the issues arising from the clash between civilization and perceived wilderness, into a spectacle replete with contemporary social distress. That makes it an Obama western.
>>64431190 But he still had a lot of positive things to say about it. >The epic, overlong murderous opposition between Glass and Fitzgerald reveals perfidious man in nature, and nature as alienating as it is “red in tooth and claw.” Their conflict symbolizes the war between civility and savagery, though it is not the classic sheriff-vs.-outlaw antagonism. In this End of the West western, the greed, selfishness, and brutal cynicism come straight out of our contemporary paranoid atmosphere. It reads like he doesn't want to admit he enjoyed it.
>>64431772 He means "Obama era". Is this not the Obama era? Unforgivien is very much a "Bush western". What's wrong with movies reflecting the times? Would Open Range not have been as interesting if the Iraq invasion wasn't happening at the time?
>>64431836 You clearly haven't read any of his other reviews because when he attached "Obama" to something it's not when he's praising it. >Well, the trendy ISIS-era politics of Iñárritu’s western fantasy prohibit cathartic heroism. This frustration and reticence add to The Revenant’s Obama aspect.
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