I have… seen things you people wouldn’t believe!
Last week I finally got round to witnessing Blade Runner 2049.
Whilst my movie reviews tend to flip between going right into the nitty gritty of the film, or just slightly diving in without trying to give to much away, I think this one will be more of the latter.
The film, like when I get round to seeing most things, is nearing the end of it’s run, so if you want to see it on the big screen. Get a move on.
The film follows on from the original Blade Runner, which if you haven’t seen, it’s not too much of a big deal, you can probably follow this story without needing to see it, but I personally would say it’s advantageous to do so.
The film is visually stunning, and accompanied by a big bass soundtrack, that accompanies the original film effortlessly.
It’s a long film also. At close to three hours you’ll probably want to make sure you take a toilet run before getting yourself too comfortable in your seats.
So the film itself. It’s a slow paced detective space opera story as a Blade Runner agent ‘K’ played by Ryan Gosling, whilst retiring a Replicant makes a discovery that could bring ultimate chaos to the fabric of worldwide society. K is also a Replicant himself, created purely to retire the old Replicants which have escaped the system.
The film also deals with the return of Harrison Ford’s character Deckard, and by the end of the film you’re still left with a tingling question about his role in all of this. Is he, isn’t he!
Then there’s Joi, giving us a look at what relations may actually be like going forward for the socially inept!! Played by Ana de Armas delivering a superb supporting actress role.
Personally I believe the film stands shoulder to shoulder with the original. Whilst the original Blade Runner for me is nowhere near my top 5 films of all times list, it’s a very good film. This is also, a very good film that will also allow a lot to be left to your own imagination as you discuss the film when you leave the cinema.
Also like the original, I think this is going to require multiple viewings over the years. Certainly something to get in 4K!
Will the film scoop awards. Probably not, mainly because its still been released in the summer blockbuster cycle. Of which these type of films never really do that well at things like Oscars, although there’s potentially some awards for special effects and sound. The film despite the favourable reviews from critics and viewers alike has been classed as a box office flop!