BLADE RUNNER 2049
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic. Ryan Gosling stars as ‘K’, a blade runner who uncovers information that leads him on an investigatory journey in which he needs to track down the long missing, Rick Deckard.
2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of the outstanding directors working today who has titles like Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival under his belt. With 2049, Villeneuve has brought us back to the Blade Runner world and has revitalised the 1982 masterpiece in an epic and necessary sequel.
Blade Runner 2049 is stunningly gorgeous to look at. Villeneuve brings back Roger Deakins, whose cinematography will have your jaw dropping like it was the first time you watched the original. The setting of 2049 Los Angeles, although bleak, is stunning to look at onscreen. The more advanced versions of the holograms from the first film, with their arcade, neon colours make for a beautiful contrast to the gloomy, collapsed cityscape.
Gosling is great, as is Harrison Ford, who gives some of his best work in years. Sylvia Hoeks, however, maybe steals the film with her excellent performance as Luv. She was menacing and badass as a character, and you leave the film wanting more. Ideally, Villeneuve would have scrapped Jared Leto’s character and given her more to do. It’s not that Leto isn’t good in the film, but his scenes didn’t add much to the story and were the most tedious parts of the film. That’s the only slight fault you could give 2049. Also worth a mention is Ana De Armas who plays Gosling’s life-like A.I. girlfriend, who gives some of the more heartfelt moments in the movie.
“Gosling is great, as is Harrison Ford, who gives some of his best work
in years. Sylvia Hoeks, however, maybe steals the film with her excellent performance as Luv.”
Blade Runner 2049 is not a film that was made for huge profit or franchise. It’s a film made by a hard-core fan of the first film, made with love and admiration for the first film. Its three-hour runtime, slow pacing and complex themes are not going to break the box office, but it’s a piece of work that, like the original, could become a sci-fi masterpiece in years to come.
Blade Runner 2049 is a film that honours the original and expands upon the Blade Runner universe. It should be seen on the largest screen possible, with the best sound possible, to fully appreciate the enhancing score that imitates Vangelis’ droning, other-worldly original score from the cult classic.
Looking ahead to the end of the year, early next year, there is plenty to look forward to.
The beginning of 2018 isn’t too shabby either, with Marvel’s Black Panther in February, a new Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander in March and Ready Player One, the new Spielberg movie based on the critically acclaimed novel by Ernest Cline.
Sonny is a student at West Herts College and young film critic. Read more at sonnyetchell.com