The Revenant: Gimme Back My Gun!, by David Bax

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  1. Bax completely missed the boat on this film. Glas actually did survive. So the character’s survival in the film isn’t actually fiction at all. It’s history. And it lends itself, therefore to a cinematic endeavor. Inarritu is allowed to change some of the story for dramatic effect.
    Sadly, Bax also thinks there’s some kind of political incorrectness going on . . . to wit:
    the Native Americans in The Revenant are depicted more as another agent of the hostile landscape than as fellow humans. For what’s it worth, the same can be said of the French characters.
    This is pure bunk. The Arikara warriors WERE hostile and so they were properly treated as part of the hostile landscape. They wanted to kill all the white men. Did Bax want them invited to a campfire for a round of Christmas Carols? Fellow humans indeed.

    • Spencer says:

      I think you might’ve missed the boat on the review.

      First, I don’t think Bax was saying that the movie was disappointing because Glass survives. Rather, he’s saying that it’s disappointing because the substance runs thin while the film keeps going.

      Second, I don’t think Bax was troubled so much by the idea of a politically incorrect portrayal of Native Americans as much as he was troubled by the fact that the film doesn’t add any element of humanity to the Arikari.

      Proving my point: Bax writes “for what it’s worth, the same can be said of the French characters.” This means that both Europeans and Native Americans were treated similarly in the film. It’s just disappointing that they were portrayed as enemies, rather than enemies with at least some semblance of humanity.

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