Having read the book, my entire experience watching the film consisted of “huh?”, “what?”, “why?”, “and what did Fitzgerald mumble?”. For me, the entire plot was a weak/combined re-hash of Rambo: First Blood, Dances with Wolves, and Gladiator.
I know books need to be adapted, but why make Glass an Indian sympathizer with a half-breed son? Isn’t there enough motivation for revenge in being left for dead without this bloated nonsense? Where was the back-story on any of the characters (I can understand were this a 1h45m movie, but 2h40m?)? How could the actors be considered for Best Actor, and Supporting Actor when they either barely spoke (DiCaprio as Glass) or could barely be understood (Hardy as Fitzgerald). Best Picture? How? What am I missing?
Can those who saw the movie without reading the book chime in here (or those who also read the book)?