Blade Runner 2049 Reviews
i walked away absolutely stunned by the look and sound, colour and soundtrack are mind bogglingly good, but the story and acting didnt really hit home. Wasnt until I saw it again that i started to really see the detail and the subtleties. I think anyone could have played the lead, Gosling just broods all the way through but doesnt do much else, was basically moody neo (without the occasional whaaa?). He was upstaged massively by Love his nemesis of sorts who was blindingly good. And Im not sure Harrison Ford needed to be in it, its kind of like an algorithm told the studio to put him in because it will sell more tickets but whatever,. At first I didnt like Jared Leto in it, waaaay cheesey it you know what, the film is kind of pretentious but its all the more beautiful for it and by the third time I watched it I really appreciate the character. Basically this film is at first stunning sure, but its a grower just like the original. And thats what sets it apart, the more you analyse and ry to pick it apart, the more you appreciate the level of detail, thought, skill and work thats gone in to making it and obvious love of the original by all involved. Stunning
If this film is in any way a prediction of the future it's good to know that technology gets way out of hand, also buy Mitsubishi shares now, diversify portfolio with Coca-Cola and sex bots.
On a side note I once read that after Return Of The Jedi, George Lucas held back on making any more Star Wars movies until the technology was right. That might also be fitting of Blade Runner. The film just can't fail to disappoint, visually it's stunning, with its vast landscapes, baron city ruins, fallout zones, mega cities, and technological fantasy.
Blade Runner also captures a complex and obscure dystopian future featuring child slavery, android servitude, and a macho world of sexual obscenity not too dissimilar to Duke Nukem's Land Of The Babes. Technologically there is a lot to take in, from the delights of hover cars to mainstream JOI companionship, in 2049 Joi is a robot hologram who will risk everything in the pursuit of syphilis. One bit of technology that stood out was the 4D TV's, I mention as Back To The Future also predicted them so I'm thinking it's only a matter of time folks.
The plot is enjoyable, it neatly works on its predecessor's mind melt that people can't guarantee that they're human because memories are implanted faster than the NSA can access your webcam but it adds a twist with Replicants urging to be recognised as equals, and you get the sense that the Replicants are gearing up for a Hunger Games style conflict sooner or later.
The Replicant's call to war comes with the discovery of a child born of Replicant descent. So basically this is the plot from Orphan Black, a child born from a clone gets hunted down by an evil corporation so that they can do testing on its genetic structure or something.
However unlike Orphan Black there is less logic behind the corporations motivations to recover the child, for instance if they really wanted to produce well behaved drones then reproduction might not be the best way of doing it, on the premise that you have more genetic uncertainties and less control over production and data analysis. Also it seems as if Mr Wallace has created a technology which has garnered him huge wealth and he's left looking a bit like a one dimensional super villain suffering from a god complex, with very weak motivations and a lack of depth.
Ms Luv also fails to use the company's firepower to wipe out K which makes it feel a bit like a weak Bond movie at times because you never feel like he is in critical danger and the one question you come away with is why at any point in this movie wasn't K killed when he could have been.
The LAPD leader is like the love child of Theresa May and Mariano Rajoy and her motivations to quell rebellion before it kicks off a referendum are a bit easier to understand. This makes the plot a bit more tangible and if the corporations motivations were a bit meatier this film would have a more complete feel about it.
Blade Runner also attempts to raise familiar questions in AI SciFi such as when is an android considered equal to a human, when does AI start to think for itself, can AI feel real emotion and if so does such emotion relate to independent thought. With that in mind, despite the weak plot points, Blade Runner offers total escapism into a bizarre world, worth seeing for the innovative technologies, abstract ideas and stunning landscapes.
Overall it's a good movie, but it hasn't done enough to be considered as good and original as the old one. I think other critics are influence by the nostalgia of the previous movie.
I know there are people who loved it and I may be stoned to death by some sci-do fans.. but the film just didn't work for me. The film felt labored which makes me sad because I am in love with almost all of Denis Villeneuve's other films.
It looks mindblowing. Hands down. The images are always chilling and the structures and atmospheres are amazing. Great effects comes as no shocker and the sound mix is perfect. The acting is cool, with fresh and old faces. Gosling is still something that anoy me a tiny bit. He kind of nails it, but he has gotten way to much screentime on big films lately. I'm tired of his face and he is not really an amazing actor to be honest.
I saw the original just three or four years ago. I liked it, but I found it hard to get into and digest - so I never left it as a total fan. Not as much as I wanted to at least. I planned to give it another go before watching this late follower, but I didn't.
This film was easier for me, it looks helped a lot, and it was never hard to hang on too as the plot and main story motor is constant and well paced. The 2.30 hours actually flew by. My rating goes mostly for the visuals, but the story is also very solid. Villeneuve is one amazing director that rearly disappoints me. Now he has made a huge follow up for one of the world's best known sci-fi clasics, and it deservingly took the world by storm. He is like the artist Michael Bay wants to be, but is miles ahead of.
8.5 out of 10 orange distances.
This movie is beautiful in every aspect. The cinematography, the soundtrack, the visuals, the performances. Blade Runner 2049 is more than just a film, it is art perfected.
I liked the original Blade Runner, but I had some issues with it. The characters weren't multidimensional, and the story was lackluster. Some of the performances were questionable.
Blade Runner 2049 improves upon not only the amazing parts of the original, but fills in the gaps where it was lacking.
Whether it be a better script or the experience of age, I also felt that Harrison Ford's performance in this film was far superior to that of the original Blade Runner.
K (Ryan Gosling) is a complex and interesting character. By revealing K to be a Replicant immediately, the film is able to explore the deeper nuances of what it truly means to be human. K's relationship with Joi (Ana de Armas) is heartfelt and meaningful. I've seldom experienced such devastation in a film as I did the moment when Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) crushed Joi out of existence.
I could continue to gush eloquently about how amazing the world-building is and how immersive the soundtrack is, and how so much of this film's beauty lies below the surface... but it would become repetitious.
Suffice to say that if you haven't seen Blade Runner 2049 yet, stop what you're doing and watch it.