Blade Runner 2049 review – I feel bad for all the older crowd that seems to have not actually watched the original since it came out, but are managing to fuel their rage entirely on the fumes of nostalgia. You people have conveniently forgotten what a slow, meandering pace the original moved at, and what a quiet, restrained performance the underdeveloped lead had in it, and etc etc. It’s so disappointing to see so many people whining about things that that were the same in their beloved original, which Villeneuve seems to have taken such care to reproduce to make it feel like the same world. A wasted effort on people who are so stuck in the past, it seems.
Not as bad as I feel for all the modern day ultra-short-attention- span crowd though. You bunch, who blindly, and ignorantly, went into this expecting some kind of action fest, or even worse, couldn’t follow this simple story. I even see some kids trashing this while they’re out there praising garbage like Suicide Squad. How depressing.
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Visually stunning and thought provoking, but not flawless
So, I didn’t expect much from this sequel when it was announced, but since the original ‘Blade Runner’ is, in my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever made (if not the greatest), I had to see it anyways. As I often do, I didn’t read any reviews or watch any trailers before going.
So, where do we start… While not perfect, and inferior to the original, this is still a great movie. Visually it’s simply stunning and the actors are all excellent. Just as importantly, or maybe even more so, like the original it combines a slow pace and fantastic ambiance to create an introspective mood and invite reflection on some important themes and issues of our time. (although, maybe, lacking a dialogue with the same power as the Roy Batty monologue at the end of the first movie).
As some negative reviewers said, it is slow….. but that works well with the story and its intent to create a very clear, pervasive mood rather than to dazzle with dumb car chases, gunfights, or explosions,not to mention pushing the viewer to form his own opinions. The boringpart is subjective: for viewers who like to be challenged intellectually I’d say many action movies are a lot more boring. Nothing wrong with escapist movies, which I also enjoy when I’m in the right mood, but it doesn’t change the fact that they’re inherently much more predictable, superficial and formulaic. In other words, entertaining but intellectually boring.
Regarding Blade Runner 2049, one disappointment, though, to be honest, was the soundtrack: aside from being too loud, it really consists mostly of weird sounds/noises etc. While they do heighten the mood at times, or fit the atmosphere, they are not really not up to the lofty standards of the photography, the action, or the direction.
Also, the plot could have been a little tighter, and while the slow pace is what this movie needed, I’m not convinced it really had to be this long (or to touch on so many themes, as it does).
Still, it’s a fantastic, and unique, viewing experience, and even with its imperfections it does create a believable (if gloomy and depressing) dystopian vision of the future, and touches on themes that could spark endless debate and reflection. And herein lies its beauty: shallow popcorn movies will have faded from everybody’s memory in weeks. A movie like Blade Runner 2049 will inspire us and challenge us,whether we agree with some of its vision or not, maybe even whether we love it or hate it, for years to come.
Blade Runner 2049: A New-Age Sci-Fi Classic
For film fanatics like myself, Blade Runner 2049 is a great film for people to see, regardless if they’ve witnessed the original or not. On the other hand, if you’ve never seen the original Blade Runner and are just a casual moviegoer that have thought of the promotion for this film as being an action-packed thrill ride, then I’d have to warn to stay far away from this near three hour motion picture. It’s very hard to review this film without getting into specific plot details, but that’s exactly what makes this film worth the price of admission alone. For nearly every reason a film fan should be excited about a movie, here is why Blade Runner 2049 is a must see as soon as possible.
Before dropping you into this world with Ryan Gosling’s character, there is text at the beginning that will fill you in on the history of the events in the past, but even though that information is given to you, your experience just won’t be the same without having viewed the first film multiple times and remembering the emotional core of it. Set out on a mission to find something of meaning to the overall story, Ryan Gosling’s character (who will remain nameless for the sake of this review) uncovers mysteries and secrets from the past, inevitably involving Rick Deckard. Quite honestly, that’s the plot in a nutshell and the specifics of the film will lead to ruining your experience, so let’s get technical.
If not for anything else, Blade Runner 2049 benefits from some of the best cinematography I’ve laid my eyes on in years. From the addition of the seamlessly blended visual effects, to the mind- blowing scenery constructed by the entire art department, I have nothing but praise for this film. Whether or not you find yourself enjoying your experience, the visuals alone should have you applauding, due to their incredibly detailed nature. I personally found the overall film to be magnificent, but when certain scenes were dialogue-free and asking you to gasp at the imagery, that’s exactly what I was doing, as I feel many audiences members will.
Again, without giving anything away, once Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) enters the picture, the way both films sort of interconnect was brilliant in my opinion. It does justice to any loose ends that fans may have wanted in the past, as well as create a new story to gawk at in the process. With a terrifically restrained performance by Ryan Gosling, you’ll find yourself sucked into this world as a fly on the wall, as he uncovers these mysteries. With the addition of Harrison Ford giving one of his most sincere and memorable performances, as well as Ana de Armas in a role that really took me by surprise, this film was casted to the nines from beginning to end. Some may complain about Jared Leto and Dave Bautista not being included as much, but I felt as though the served the story quite nicely.
In the end, this movie aims to impress Sci-Fi fans across the world, but I feel as though the people who will be looking back on this as a possible classic or at least one of the best sequels ever made, are those who’ve had the pleasure of indulging in the greatness that is 1982’s Blade Runner. I don’t say this about films very often, especially when talking about sequels, but I haven’t been this immersed in a theatrical experience in quite some time. This is definitely a superior film than the original, it’s one of the best films of 2017, and I’ll be revisiting it very soon. Blade Runner 2049 is getting a lot of praise and awards consideration from critics and filmgoers across the world, and every bit of it is deserved. Aside from being very long, this is pretty much a perfect film if you don’t try to nitpick how it connects and certain questions that aren’t blatantly answered. If you know what type of film you’re in for, or you’ve at least seen the original and enjoyed it, I can’t recommend this movie enough.
One of the best sequels of all time
Denis Villeneuve, you magnificent world wonder, you did it again!
I have seen this film three times in the cinema, in 3D, 2D and 4DX.
And one of the things i have noticed with this film, is that it’s not the time in the cinema that takes up my time, It’s the hours upon hours in between spent thinking about the film, that is the real time consumer. This film left such a deep and profound impact, which i cannot escape. And I’ve gone back to the cinema twice to be “tortured”, but it’s worth it.
It’s a dark, mysterious, grim, hopeless, sad and lonely film, set in a possible near future where the human race is hanging by their fingertips on the edge of doom. So it’s quite depressing. But it’s so brilliantly put together, the closest master of cinema i think of that has done something similar, is Stanley Kubrick.
Many Stanley Kubrick films were also “hated” by many when they first released. “2001: A Space Odyssey” for example, which had gorgeous visuals, but felt flat and hollow for many, even professional reviewers back then. But what Kubrick did best with his films, was to create afterthought. People left the cinema feeling confused and even depressed, but the movies planted a seed which then grew for years. The original Blade Runner also accomplished this. BR2049 is no exception, this movie will without doubt live on to be interpreted, analyzed and discussed for decades to come. The story continues from the original, but stands completely on it’s own, it tells a new story that directly interlink with the original, but without trying to be a copy, it’s a natural continuation in the same universe. You don’t have to see the original Blade Runner first, though i do recommend it, see the final cut.
Blade Runner 2049 has some of the most gorgeous visuals i have ever seen, and the cinematography is out of this world, there is literally no excuse not to give Roger Deakins the Oscar this time. After 13 nominations he has now knocked the ball out of the park and is this year in his own league entirely. It’s confusing to look at something so gorgeous, whilst painting a picture of such a sad and lost world. It sort of collides with your senses, your eyes say it’s beautiful, your mind say it’s depressing. Which senses are you going to believe? What does it mean? At least don’t confuse feeling depressed as a sign that this movie is bad, it’s nothing wrong feeling depressed, take it in, embrace it. Then you will know how it feels to be a replicant that’s trapped in a caged mind.
Blade Runner 2049 story happens 30 years after the original, and there is three short films on Youtube i recommend you watch. These short films describes some of what happened in between 2019 and 2049. Watching them makes it slightly easier to understand some of the things going on. But the underlying theme is the same as it was in the original. What does it mean to be human? What does it mean to have memories? What is a soul? And so on.
The world has gone darker in 2049, climate is spinning out of control, almost all animals and plants have died. People are desperate and lost, law enforcement can barely keep anything together, and only a small spark can set of total disaster, which is looming just around every corner. Niander Wallace has taken over Tyrell Corp and has by the time 2049 takes place designed millions of obedient replicants that does exactly what he tells them to do. But there is one thing Wallace has not been able to perfect, and that’s what the main story is all about, and Wallace will do anything in his power to get his hands on the “technology”, which will result in him becoming many hundred times richer and more powerful, the sole ruler of the entire universe. He is so far gone in his mind by 2049 he actually believes he is god himself, and he calls his replicants angels.
And of course he also uses replicants to do his “dirty work”. In 2049 we meet his right hand “girl” Luv (Brilliantly played by Sylvia Hoeks, if there is one actor in this movie that steal the show, it’s her). Luv is a “handygirl” so to speak, that perform whatever task she is set to do, with no remorse. Or is that entirely true? I can’t spoil anything, but look closely at Luv’s character arc. All the other actors also do an outstanding job in this film, no bad performances, but i can’t talk about all of them due to the word limit in these reviews.
Be prepared going to see this film, it’s depressing and heavy on your mind, and it demands your full attention. It’s one of those rare films who dares to challenge the audience, and by doing so, taking a huge risk, and a 155 million dollar risk at that. The film isn’t perfect, but it’s close, and it shows the tremendous skills of Denis Villeneuve. And those few mistakes this movie have, are probably just happy little accidents as Rob Ross would have put it. This film is very much like a painting, every stroke of the brush matters, and every little detail is carefully crafted, it takes monumental skills to pull it of.
I loved this film, it’s the best film I’ve seen all year, It is a must see, a monumental triumph of a film that’s just as good (possibly even better) as the original and one of the best sequels of all time!
And BTW Villeneuve’s next movie might be Dune, imagine if he brings Deakins and the rest of this team to make that movie. Yeah, I’m going to leave you with that thought. This is basically porn.