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Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:28:03 pm »
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
5 Stars out of 5



I'm a fan of the original Blade Runner, but I wouldn't say that Blade Runner 2049 was at the top of my Must-See List. Well, it wasn't one that I had to run out and see the moment it came out and I think in large part it had to do with the fact that I really wasn't giving this much of a chance of equaling the original. Not only does it meet it head on, I'm of the mindset that maybe, just maybe it even edges it out to a degree. Truth be told, that might be due to the fact that I just got finished watching this and it's still fresh in my head. So, maybe a little biased in my comment there. I will have to revisit this down the road and see how it really stacks up against the forebearer.

As for Blade Runner 2049, this really is a genuine masterpiece of film-making in every sense of the word. I'm just astounded that they were able to literally create a film that shares DNA from both from the look, style, pacing.....feel. Everything about this just feels so right and the fact that this was made 30 years after the original and yet it feels like it was made a year after because of the visual cues it takes. Look, this could have easily come off as a more polished sequel with all the tell tale signs of it having "better FX" and whatnot. As for the plot, it's essentially the same as the original to a degree. But throwing in the whole "searching for my lost father" angle was a nice add-on to give the older fans of the Original something to latch onto.

As for Harrison Ford, I don't agree with giving him Second Billing. There's so little of him in this movie that to say he is a genuine "Second Billing" actor is a bit misleading. We don't get to see him until the 3rd Act. Yes, I get why it plays out that way because of the story that is being told...but still. Ryan Gosling was great as K, the Blade Runner. Jared Leto was really good. Seeing Mackenzie Davis in this was a nice bonus for me. It was a trip to see Edward James Olmos return as Gaff. I had no idea he was coming back for this. But the biggest shocker for me was seeing "Sean Young" return. Kinda. Her character was duplicated with the actress using a Stand-In in much the same way they did with Tarkin and Leia in Star Wars Rogue One. Looks like the real thing, well pretty close to the real thing....but not quite there. Anyway, I highly recommend this as a Buyfor sure.
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