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Blade Runner 2049 Review


Blade Runner 2049 Review

By Terry

The first time I watched Blade Runner, I was in awe.  It was shown in a films class that I took in college.  This was the first time I had ever looked at a movie as a film and studied every scene.  So, that being said, Blade Runner holds a special place in my heart.  I was nervous when I heard they were doing a sequel.  In a world of reboots and shitty sequels, I didn’t want Blade Runner to be ruined.  Then, I found out it was being directed by the director of Prisoners and Arrival, which are both fantastic.  Though, I was still scared, I was a little relieved.  So, how was this long awaited sequel that is Blade Runner 2049?  Well, just like the first time I saw the original Blade Runner, I was again, in awe.


The Good: Ryan Gosling, once again, knocked it out of the park.  His portrayal of K is amazing.  I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t get another Oscar nomination, as I feel like he is better here than he was in La La Land.  What is a good actor without the character?  Gosling’s K is remarkable.  His character goes through some highs and some lows throughout the film. (More lows than highs). There’s a lot of symbolism with side characters that are in his life, but I will keep this as spoiler free as possible.  The best way to see Blade Runner 2049 is knowing very little before you go in.  The marketing did a very good job of not giving much away, so I won’t do that here.  Just know that the characters are fantastic.  Harrison Ford plays a much older Deckard here, and you can tell he has been through some shit.  His chemistry with Gosling is fantastic as well.


The Bad:  There is no flaw with this film.  From start to finish, it is amazing.


The Awesome:  The best part of the film, for me, was the jaw dropping cinematography.  Wow.  Not only is this EASILY the best shot movie of the year, it is also one of the best show movies of all time.  Cinematographer, Roger Deakins, better win a damn Oscar this year for his work here.  Director Denis Villeneuve, is a master of his craft.  Each film he makes continues to get better and better.  This is his best work yet.  What makes Blade Runner 2049 truly amazing, is that it didn’t set up a universe.  It didn’t have after credits or scenes that were only there for sequels.  They set out to tell a story that was worth telling in the universe that is Blade Runner.  Speaking of the world, that was the best part of the first film.  It feels just as organic this time around.  The technology isn’t too advanced.  It felt authentic.  The score is just as good as the original, if not better.  The suspense was developed from the music alone and wow, did it work.


Verdict:  Blade Runner 2049 is a masterpiece.  From open to close, perfection.  This is the type of film that will inspire and motivate others to become film makers.  Denis Villeneuve, proves once again, that he is one of the best directors working today.  Blade Runner 2049, most definitely, gets a 5 out of 5.


Side Note:  Guys, go see Blade Runner 2049.  It is failing at the box office.  I have no idea what is happening in the minds of movie goers.  Movies like Transformers 14 and Jigsaw: Saw 8 do not deserve your money.  You KNOW these movies will be bad.  Yet, you keep seeing them.  If you skip out on the shit fest that was movies like Twilight and 50 Shades of Shit, they will quit making them.  Blade Runner 2049 is a film worth your money.  Show the man that you want more than slow motion giant robots fucking each other with missiles and torture porn.