Ok so a disclaimer to begin.
This will be my last post on The Revenant for a while I promise. I can’t help it, this film has got under my skin in a way that not many have in the last few years. The density, the spectacle, the cinematic wonder it really is a special piece of work. Even in January it will take something really special for it not to be my favourite film of 2016.
Through it all though one scene has stayed with me. Above all the moments of brilliance (and there are many) one scene leapt out more than any other and it is when Glass enters the crumbled edifice of the church.
This dilapidated structure has suffered even in these early days of civilisation but its foundation and structures remain. In fact within the fading church there is life as trees have put down roots bringing new life and growth.
It could be argued by some that the church today is in a similar position.
Dilapidated, fading, crumbling.
Recently I read an article about the majority of people in the UK claiming to have no religion . The truth is churches are closing, numbers are decreasing and desire for any notion of God is fading rapidly. People are searching though. People are searching for understanding. Searching for spirituality and searching in spaces other than churches to find it.
I believe there it still life in the church though. I believe that changes are coming. Changes that will remove old structures, old ways of thinking and an adaption to what church can/should in 2015. Dare I suggest church evolution??
That’s where the gap comes in.
While Glass stands in the church ‘grounds’ he stares at the picture of Christ on the wall at his crucifixion momentarily.
Glass has already experienced death and resurrection. The parallels are clear.
However my eye was drawn not to Christ on the cross but the gap in the wall.
This gap is significant because this gap allows both entry and exit simultaneously. I would guess that its location is not accidental either.
It is not just the gap in the wall but the cross itself that is both entry and exit point.
In terms of the film and the church today the same points can be made.
Those who enter find shelter here.
Those who enter find signs of life they may not expect.
Those who enter can rest from the constant battering of their surroundings.
However the same can be said for those on the way out.
Those who exit are ready to take on the next stage of the journey.
Those who exit have sheltered, recovered and found life in its fulness.
Those who exit see a bigger picture and possibly a new frontier.
Articles can speak of decline.
The Revenant showed me the foundations and the gap that helps those coming in and those ready to go.