Reviews: “you’ve done a man’s job, sir…” Blade Runner returns
Blade Runner 2049,
Directed by Denis Villeneuve,
Starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Dave Bautista, Robin Wright, Ana de Armas, Mark Arnold
The sequel to the iconic 1982 movie. A young Blade Runner is tasked to retire a Synthetic human, and in the process of his retirement there is another mystery uncovered. When he delves more into the discovery and his new task information arises that leads him to a former Blade Runner.
Being honest with you guys I never really cared for the original movie. I love science fiction and Harrison Ford, but that film left me cold. I enjoyed the vision that the original director had for the film and the visuals were spectacular to say the least. It’s just that the film was shoved down my throat since the mid 80s as being the best thing since sliced bread. It was said that I couldn’t really be a fan of science fiction unless I liked that film. As most people know when I’m told to do something and it gets to the point where it feels like I’ve no other choice, then I have to go the other way. But I have watched the numerous versions of the film that have been released and I understand the appeal to other people. When I heard that they were returning to this world and bringing Harrison Ford back, after some eye rolling, I didn’t know how to feel.
Thankfully Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best Science Fiction films of the year. With Arrival Director Denis Villeneuve behind the camera things feel in really safe hands. His eye for the scope needed to both keep the world that we’ve seen before alive and,, in the same slight of hand expand that universe, is just one of the best jobs in directing this year. You then have a script that just takes its time to draw you back into the film that was released thirty five years ago knowing that the fans want a deliberate and purposeful story.
The plot gets a bit lost about half way through the film, and although the running time is two hours and forty minutes long, it’s just enough to hold your attention. Some of the audience may feel that about thirty minutes could have been lobbed off the final cut, and thankfully Villeneuve says that this theatrical version is the final version of the film, so we’re not going to spend the next thirty five years having different cuts that drastically change the film popping up from time to time.
The story moves at a pace where you don’t get left behind, and the little details that make a complete experience for the viewer are just amazing, it’s quite immersive. Everything from door locks to the food industry seen on the screen just shows that a level of detail to this cinematic world that was sorely needed and was given serious thought.
Ryan Gosling as ‘K’ is just about as perfect as he can be in the role. The type of hero you don’t know if you want to cheer for or fear. His relationship with his artificial girlfriend is one of the better subplots in almost any film this year. Harrison Ford returning as Deckard gives people the link between the two films and also serves as a crucial plot point.
Before the press screening we were asked in a letter from Villeneuve to reviewers to not spoil the film for those coming in to see it. I never do spoilers anywa,y but I love the sentiment. The story doesn’t take up where it left off and for me this is one sequel that surpasses the original. The parts of the film that harp back thirty five years are just as important as the new parts. That being said, you’ll be pretty lost stepping in to watch this if you haven’t watched at least one of the versions of the original film. If you are one of the lucky few who haven’t seen the original movie, or one of the other few that like me see it as an over rated science fiction, you may just have to grit your teeth and re-watch the 1982 film again. Blade Runner 2049 is worth doing that for my money. Just simply spectacular!