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Blade Runner 2049 Review

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A young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

In case you didn’t know, Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Harrison Ford’s 1982 Blade Runner. Now, most of us have seen the trailer at least once and I think it’s safe to say when they introduced Harrison Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, we all had goosebumps. However, that big reveal certainly did not have the same effect when it happened in the film, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the overall product and I can certainly say with¬† ease, Blade Runner 2049 is the best sci-fi film of the year. Of all time? It’s up there.

Directed by the phenomenal Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, Blade Runner 2049 hits on so many levels. Let’s start with the cinematography. The cinematography was beautiful. Probably the most beautiful piece of film I have ever seen. There’s only a handful of directors that can truly nail this art down and Denis Villeneuve, to no surprise, can pull it off. In case you can’t think think of any other Villeneuve films, he directed Arrival, Sicario, Enemy and Prisoners. And to dig a little deeper, Enemy was the lowest rated Rotten Tomatoes score at 74%, while Prisoners hit 81% and both Arrival and Sicario achieved 94%. So, needless to say, Villeneuve knows how to get it down. The warm colours in the film really aid in setting the tone and mood of the film.

Of course, it’s not just warm colours that set the tone and mood. It’s the music. The characters. The story. Now, I can say that the music fit perfectly. Which is really no surprise when you have Hans Zimmer compose the score. I can’t give him all the credit, as Benjamin Wallfisch also worked with Zimmer, but we know Zimmer is elite status. Now, the characters. Let’s be real here – you really can’t say a bad thing about Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. You really can’t. I thought both of them did a really good job and this type of film is very fitting for Ryan Gosling. Sure, Gosling can star in array of films, but I believe he will always stand out in a film such as Blade Runner 2049. Here is now the tough part and truly the only negative of this film – the story. This isn’t because you needed to watch the original to really understand what was going on, no, in fact, you didn’t really need to have watched the first one – they did a good job there. I mean, you would definitely pick up a thing or two if you did watch the first one, but it wouldn’t ruin the story if you didn’t see it. What bugged me was the length and the bouncing around. The film runs for almost 3 hours (2:44 to be exact). So, that’s a lot of story to write and I felt that it did drag at times – mainly the middle. The story really gets involved in the middle of the film, so you really need to pay attention at that time, whereas the beginning and end are more easy flowing.

You’re probably wondering about the action. Well, if you saw the original, you would know that Blade Runner is not an action film. If you didn’t see the original, well, don’t expect Blade Runner 2049 to be an action film. You will be sorely disappointed. In my opinion, a great sci-fi film does not need a lot of action – it all comes down to the story, tone and mood.

I watched this film on Friday, but I didn’t want to post it until I saw the weekend box office results. Unfortunately, Blade Runner 2049 struggled at the box office, only making just under $33 million domestic. It really is unfortunate and I wonder why? Did the run time of 2 hours and 44 minutes really scare people away that only hardcore moviegoers would go? Did people feel like they needed to watch the original before seeing this film to understand any of it? But, it’s Ryan Gosling. I thought flocks of people follow Mr. Gosling. I don’t know what the case is, but one thing is for sure, it wasn’t the scores of reviews because it currently sits at 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and we know how detrimental a Rotten Tomatoes score can do to a film. Now, I’m not saying it’s unfortunate that the film didn’t make boat loads of money. My point is that when a beautifully crafted film like Blade Runner 2049 is released, it’s unfortunate that more people don’t enjoy it. As a movie fanatic myself, it really does make me sad, so I try my hardest to get the word out when I enjoy a film so much. Don’t get me wrong, Blade Runner 2049 won’t be for everyone, but if you can sit back, take it in for what it is, maybe you can appreciate it for what it is rather than being your entertainment for the night.

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