Blade Runner 2049

Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, and Ana de Armas in Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Source: IMDb

What is it?

The American neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – Official Trailer

What is it about?

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos.

K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 – “Time to Live” Featurette
Blade Runner 2049: Do Memories Make Us Human? – Wisecrack Quick Take

My Thoughts

This movie had some great visuals that looked pretty realistic and they helped set a mood for this movie that was a bit of a grim and empty and gloomy version of the future, and the music added to this.

The director Denis Villeneuve took his time with the pacing and shots, a bit too much as usual which made this movie almost 3 hours so this movie is not for everyone, but it kept my attention and it left some feelings behind along with the confusion; and that is one advantage of his pacing in his movies, but he paces them a bit too slow for a mainstream audience in my opinion.

I have higher hopes for the future Dune (2020) movie with him as the director, but he needs someone to help him speed up his pacing a bit in most of his movies in my opinion.

Some of the filmmaking in this is masterful though, and the acting was good though Harrison Ford’s performance was a bit weak in my opinion overall compared to some of his costars.

Some of my favorite characters and performances were by Ana De Armas as the character Joi, Carla Juri as the character Dr. Ana Stelline, Jared Leto as the character Niander Wallace, and Sylvia Hoeks as the character Luv; and Dave Bautista did a surprising job, and Ryan Gosling had a very subtle performance.

I wish that this movie would have explained some more things and showed some more of the world and its people, but this movie seemed a bit more like art and something that can be a classic if you can get past the length and slow pacing and the sudden ending.

There were various scenes that I liked in this movie, but there was one scene that I had to go back to watch, partly because I could not understand some of the dialogue because of the sound.

This was a movie that you could watch just for some of the visuals alone, and is a movie that works better if you are in the right mood and have the time; and for me this is the type of movie to watching in the evening and/or night when you feel like watching a slow burn-type movie.

Blade Runner 2049 – Movie Review
Blade Runner 2049 Review

The end,

-John Jr

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