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The Revenant

In Only Son

By J. Smith IV
Jan. 18, 2016 at 12:22 p.m.

As I took my leave from the movie theatre this weekend, I overheard someone say that there was no need to see it (The Revenant) again.  I think I understand. 

Just before the film fades to a black screen, as the protagonist breaks the fourth wall, there is some sense of catharsis.  The entire cinematic experience demands it.  Godlessness depicted in every form imaginable to the devil.  Human subjugation including rape and other savage inequalities, the commodification of god-ordained earthly resources and the unfolding of a character with a reprobate mind deliciously portrayed by actor Tom Hardy.

 Cringeworthy!  Far worse (or better) than any paranormal shlock of a horror film.

The Revenant was cringeworthy.  I nearly sank in my theater chair to hear the term “tree nigger” as I sat there, eyes transfixed upon the movie screen, searching for any sign of an ethnic Black character in the scene as my spidey senses tingled upon the hearing of the term, but there wasn’t one.  You may or may not forgive me for not using the shrouded, politically correct “N-word” in this particular LNJ blog commentary but there was nothing remotely “politically correct” about any of the scenarios depicted in The Revenant.  When Tom Hardy’s character used the term “tree nigger”, he spoke of the native American Indian(s) with whom his men were in conflict with over pelts. 

As any number of East Texans have politely explained to me personally, anyone can be a “nigger” in this day and age:  not just Black people.  See how far we’ve come?  Cringeworthy.

                One of the least savage scenes depicted in The Revenant, for what seemed like F O R E V E R, included only one character and a bear.  The bear did its job.  To quote some classic, lyrical School House Rock “he was a hairy bear…he was a scary bear...” but Leonardo DiCaprio’s character was not allowed to make a “hasty retreat” from the bear’s domain.  Cringeworthy!   Equally cringeworthy is a small, little known scripture, tucked away in II KINGS 2:23-25. 

“The Open Bible”reads:

“And he went up from thence unto Beth-el:  and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said until him, ‘Go up, thou bald head, go up, thou bald head.’ And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.  And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Sa-mar’-i-a.”


(of the 42 disrespectful children)

posctscript:  "revenant" means someone who is supposed to have returned from the dead



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