Full disclosure, I’m one of those people that really isn’t crazy about the original Blade Runner. I’ve seen the Final Cut of the film 3 times and it is good, but it’s not one of my favorite films. The themes are fascinating and the world that is created is bleak but beautiful, however it didn’t grab me like it has for others. So when they announced a sequel, again I wasn’t crazy about it but then the first trailer dropped. That trailer got me into the film and as the months built up, I was ready to see this world again.
Blade Runner is directed by Denis Villeneuve, stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford and, yep you guessed it, the film takes place in the year 2049, 30 years from where the original takes place. I will keep this review spoiler free but this film has great performances from top to bottom. I was also worried about the runtime of the film clocking in at 2 hours 43 minutes but I have to say I didn’t feel the film dragged that much. Maybe 5-10 minutes could have been shaved off but I thought it was well paced. Best performance of the film goes to Gosling as his character is sent on this mystery and the revelations of that mystery affect him drastically. Ana de Armas as Joi and Sylvia Hoeks as Luv were wonderful and pleasant surprises as well. I was not crazy about Jared Leto in the film but I understood his role. Finally, Harrison Ford was Harrison Ford, which is a good thing. When he popped on the screen it was like watching The Force Awakens again from that nostalgia standpoint.
I enjoyed the mystery aspect of this film, which was something that was very fascinating and had twists and turns. The film was absolutely beautiful to look at, thanks to Villeneuve’s cinematographer Roger Deakins. The world was expanded and could (possibly) lead to more if the studios involved choose to. The performances were good to great, the story was well told, the film was beautiful to watch and directed by one of the best in the business today. Now saying all that praise, I enjoyed the film, but again with the original, it’s not a film that would be in my favorite films of all time and my not even make my personal top 10 of this year. This is just my personal preference and I can already list 7 other films that I’ve enjoyed more, one of them is controversial and if I stop being so lazy I’ll have a review soon. Blade Runner 2049 it’s certainly one of the better films of 2017 and gets a high score. It’s defiantly a film to watch, especially if you’ve seen the original or have even watched the HBO show Westworld.
Blade Runner 2049 gets a 8/10