Full disclosure, I just saw the original Blade Runner in October of last year and my takeaway from that film was lukewarm at best. After digesting the movie for a couple days, I realized that my presumptive expectations of Blade Runner being a science fiction action film, when in reality it’s a science fiction noir, were to blame. After seeing Blade Runner 2049 and going into it with the proper mindset, I badly want to re-watch the original Blade Runner and reevaluate my opinion of it. Surprisingly, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best movies I have seen from 2017.
Blade Runner 2049 is everything I could ever ask for from a science fiction noir film and more. Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins have come together and built a masterpiece that didn’t get its due credit, much like the first film. Denis Villeneuve took this project on knowing that a large portion of the Blade Runner fanbase, were unsure they wanted this cult classic story ever touched again. He did it with care and vision and delivered the proper tone and feel that the first one gave off. The cinematography is off the charts thanks to now 14th Time nominated Best Cinematographer, Roger Deakins. By far the most beautiful movie I have seen in recent years and hands down favorite to finally win his Oscar.
Ryan Gosling continues to take on any genre and deliver a strong performance, while Harrison Ford returns to his role as Rick Deckard. Ford’s performance is strong and begs the question of how close was he to a Best Supporting nomination. Jared Leto is fine and Robin Wright is good as usual, but Sylvia Hoeks is a scene stealer. She plays the ruthless character of Luv, Niander Wallace’s (Leto) hench-woman.
Please check this movie out and give it the cult classic credit it well deserves. I loved it and will rewatch the original Blade Runner after I catch up on Oscar movies. Blade Runner 2049 is a must see film. Yes it’s long but it somehow leaves you wanting more.