‘Blade Runner: 2049’ – This is why I love movies!
30 Second Review:
This movie is absolutely STUNNING. It’s perfect. It’s f!ckin amazing. The cast. The story. The visuals. What else can be said? Instant classic! See it and watch it continuously. But it on Blu-Ray and then buy a 4K flat screen to do it justice!
Minutes into this movie – I knew I was watching a masterpiece!
A reminder of falling in love with cinema long ago as child. Of why I set aside 3 hours of my life to be thrilled, to be inspired. To watch artistic creation of the HIGHEST quality. Blade Runner 2049 is a Master Class of movie-making. It DEMANDS to be seen on a large screen, in High Definition 4K quality.
‘Blade Runner 2049’ is a direct descendant of the original ‘Blade Runner’ (also classic!). Taking place in a not-so distant future, Los Angeles is now a fascist-technological dystopia, bathed in hues of grayish blues, thick with overpopulated loneliness. A world of inescapable social media. A world of bio-engineered wonders and artificially Intelligent companionship (ever-present with a delightful ‘Peter and the Wolf’ ringtone).
Humanity is confined to cities packed in tight cubicles, surviving in what appears to be a never-ending nuclear winter.
This is the legacy Greek titan Prometheus left for mankind.
‘2049’ represents advancements via slavery and unchecked technology, moving the world forward while relegating humanity back to dumpster-diving and scrap heaps. It is exactly as Albert Einstein forebode with nuclear warfare; “whatever happens during WWIII, the next war will be fought with sticks and stones”.
Humanity continues amidst a droning buzz of machinery, surrounded by commercialized tech. All crammed into a cluttered migraine of existence.
A bit of Steampunk. A bit of Wall-E.
And yet, despite my bleak description – this movie is absolutely BEAUTIFUL to watch.
Learn these names: Denis Villenueve (director). Roger Deakins (cinematographer). (the incomparable) Hans Zimmer, along with Benjamin Wallfisch (musical composers).
Thank these auteurs for delivering a cinematic marvel. In MY opinion, it is worth it just to LOOK at. It is worth it for the atmospheric score by itself. From the soulless rains of Los Angeles, to the techno-punk underbelly, to the Martian dreamscape that was once Las Vegas –
The senses are never bored. The eyes and ears are kept busy the entire trip.
Walking Man-Crush that is Ryan Gosling carries this movie with ease as our existential protagonist – an LAPD ‘Blade Runner’, a special unit cop tasked to hunt down and capture runaway human replicates. Gosling’s cool presence keeps eyes glued to the screen – all brooding and framed in a stylish, weather-beaten trench (seriously, that trench? NEED.)
He, along with Sylivia Hoeks (as Luv), Robin Wright (Lt. Joshi), and Jared Leto (Niander Wallace), escorts us along this amazing journey.
Sure… 2049 clocks in at a hearty 2hrs and 40min but this is not fast-food. This is a full course which takes to enjoy. There is a LOT of meat on this bone, slow-roasted to perfection and savory, with a multitude of flavors. The plot unfolds like a well-prepared meal – all compliments to the chef(s) of this visual masterpiece! (voila’!)
Easily the best 3 hours I’ve spent staring at a screen since James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ (2009).
Everything is laid out as a perfect balance of style, story, and substance. Expertly crafted and presented as a labor of love.
If I MUST be picky… it would be spending a bit more time on the Replicate rebellion.
Somewhere, just off-camera, we are made aware of a massive gathering of human replicates, fighting for their humanity – their ‘human rights’ – which in itself is bathed in irony. The timeliness is just too uncanny NOT to mention. Considering recent events in America, suddenly, a protest pales in comparison.
The original Blade Runner (1982) is a revered Sci-Fi classic, preserved in the National Film Registry as a ‘movie of cultural significance’. I submit that ‘2049’ is an improved continuation of that universe.
For those who, like me, love Sci-Fi and epic movies, Blade Runner: 2049 is essential viewing. This is a modern classic that will be discussed decades from now.
Here are my early predictions for (2018) Oscar nominations:
Best Sound editing (winner)
Best film editing
Best sound mixing (winner)
Best original score
Best Cinematography (winner)
Best Costume Design
Best production design (winner)