Blade Runner 2049 Review

As a big film nerd and film student, I’ve heard a lot of talk about the original Blade Runner and how much of a masterpiece and how important the film has been. I had set down multiple times to watch it but struggled to really get into it for various reasons, but on Sunday I finally made sure I made it all the way through, to prepare myself for Blade Runner 2049.

Set thirty years after the events of the first film, Blade Runner 2049 follows a Blade Runner, K, who discovers something while on an investigation that leads him into looking for former Blade Runner, Rick Deckard.

Because of all the hype surrounding the film and the excellent trailers in the build up to this film’s release, I was very excited and after watching the first film recently, I was more convinced that I’d be enjoying this new film more than I enjoyed the original.

Director, Denis Villeneuve, is a fantastic director there is no doubt about that, with recent success with Sicario, Prisoners and last years Oscar nominated, Arrival. You knew this film was going to be in safe hands, and there was no doubt that the film wasn’t going to be good at least. Villeneuve does a great job of not only updating the great and interesting world, that Ridley Scott created in 1982 but making it look fantastic. A lot of credit also goes to the set design and cinematographer, Roger Deakins, who deserves at least to get a nomination for his work on this film. The film, visually, is one of the best in recent years, every shot is beautifully done and the colour of the film is used perfectly.

I was never a big fan of Ryan Gosling, I always found a bit unlikable in his roles, until La La Land changed my mind and I could see the clear talent that he has, and he does a great job of leading this film. Everyone else in the film is pretty good, Harrison Ford is good as always, Robin Wright is good, Ana De Armas is good, Sylvia Hoeks is good, Jared Leto is meh. I was optimistic about Leto going in, you don’t see a lot of his character but what you do see makes me think he was not right for the role. I heard David Bowie was supposed to be doing the role Leto did, before Bowie passed away and I think that would have been better. To me, Leto’s performance reminded of the villain from Ghost in the Shell, by the way he talks and I think it was an odd choice to go for.

Overall, I don’t think the film is for everyone. Some people won’t enjoy it, especially those who didn’t enjoy the first one and I would imagine that if you haven’t seen the original then you will be pretty lost with this one, so I recommend watching the original first. Never the less, this film is a great sequel, one that I think is better than the first.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What did you think of Blade Runner 2049?

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