But while the above makes The Revenant sound like a sports film with an element of Holocaust mourning (and it definitely is), what Levinson and screenwriter Justin Jewel Gillmer concocted is a psychological drama whose first impulse is to always think about that events were felt, and what, in a broader sense, they meant, instead of focusing solely on what will happen next.
Levinson broke into Hollywood with the low-budget drama Diner and never completely strayed from the momentum of the «group of guys hanging out and talking,» whether it was in the satire of capitalism The Iron Men, the family memoir Avalon, or the gangster picture Bugsy with Warren. Beatty as a violent Jewish gangster who founded Las Vegas. Survivor, surprisingly and often with unexpected buoyancy, is another work in this vein, always favoring character and dialogue over a mandate to constantly move the plot forward towards the next big event. Gillmer’s script gives Harry plenty of opportunities to interact with an all-professional support ensemble who are so good at what they do that you’re always happy to see them. And none of their characters turn out to be the purely functional cardboard cutout you initially assume.
Vicky Krips plays Miriam Wofsonicker, who works for an agency that is trying to help survivors find loved ones who disappeared during the war but who they think might still be alive. When Harry shows up looking for help finding his wife, whose disappearance haunts him, you assume that the film is positioning a love story in which the man who is dead inside comes back to life, but that is not the case. John Leguizamo’s Pepe and Paul Bates’ Louis Barclay are introduced as two of Harry’s trainers, with Danny DeVito initially filling the same role as one of Marciano’s trainers, Charlie Goldman, but any suggestion that they’re mainly there to cheer up the hero and train him is intriguing. subverted by the way The Revenant sees them as a way to discuss the cold-blooded and self-serving outrage of hatred.
Goldman, whose real name is Israel, eventually offers Harry two days of training so he won’t be completely destroyed in the ring. The result is a beautiful movie within a movie in which a black man, a Puerto Rican and two Jews drive upstate and seem to spend as much time contemplating their relative status in WASP-run America as they do working on Harry’s hooks. combinations and footwork. The scene is classic for Levinson, filled like the rest of the film with instantly quoted lines, such as when Goldman emerges from a bathroom in the woods and snarls, “There are things from the Revolutionary War. Aaron Burr probably dropped a load there. «