Survival is a theme that almost always makes for riveting and quality cinema. Man and nature and the journey to ensure one’s longevity is something we can all find interesting and in the new western thriller The Revenant, audiences are presented with just that. Following up with his critically acclaimed Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu goes much deeper with a story that is not only told in a visually stunning way but will resonate with you long after you leave the movie theater.
The premise of the aging actor falling from grace has been documented on film all too well. A once great performer who has fallen on hard times can serve as a very probing and interesting picture. This story is the basic skeleton of this lackluster drama The Humbling, a movie starring the legendary Al Pacino which has many parallels to reality. Pacino is an aging star in his own right and this film feels all too familiar. This type of story seems to be all the rage these days especially with Michael Keaton’s comeback performance in last year’s Birdman. Al Pacino’s movie here is a disappointing cinematic experience to say the least and with a depressing plot peppered with solid performances, there really isn’t much to marvel at in The Humbling.