Blade Runner 2049 review

Discussion started by Director, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Director

    Director Member

    Just thought I'd throw this quick review out there for anyone who's sitting on the fence. Go see it. :)
    Speaking as someone who is very cynical about modern movies I came out of the theatre feeling very happy I chose to see this movie on the big screen. While the story itself did not 'need' to be told I was very happy with it, it added on nicely to the original without taking anything away from the first film. The visuals we fantastic and the world was well realised. No spoilers, but do not judge this movie by the trailers it is not a mindless Hollywood shoot 'em up action film made for the mindless masses with no attention span. Running time came in at just under 3 hours but I was never bored or fidgity. The narrative was well paced and held my interest for the whole time. In fact the Mrs and our son enjoyed it as well and it's rare that we all agree on a movies worth. Even Ryan Gosling did a good job and I usually find him a bit annoying for some reason.
     
  2. todras

    todras est Français pour après-rasage Menth Dealer Artisan Producer

    The original is my all time favourite film, a seminal piece of Science Fiction and film making. I am really looking forward to seeing 2049!!
     
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  3. Director

    Director Member

    I had a mate who worked at the theatre back when the original came out and if there were spare seats he used to sneak me in. I have since bought the movie on VHS, DVD and Blu Ray. :) I was VERY skeptical about the sequel as I am with most movies these days but as I said, speaking as a big fan of the original I was VERY happy with the sequel. I was also concerned about not having Vangelis on board but Zimmer and his partner did an adequate job of the music and it fit the movie well.
     
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  4. Drubbing

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    Tough to follow up a true classic, sometimes it can spoil the legacy. I think they might be hedging their bets by getting Ford on board.

    I remember when it came out and the reaction was indifferent from critics and tickets. But it grew on people quickly. Once they recognised the traditional film noir elements (although the directors cut omitted he voice-over, which is a noir trope), coupled with SF dystopia themes, the soundtrack and aesthetics, it was realised it was both traditional and modern; clever film making with a great story to tell. It was ahead of its time and still works as a great and relevant film today.
     
  5. Benjamin

    Benjamin Member

    Thanks for the review @Director , I'm heartened to read your positive comments about the first film I've been excited about for a quite a while.
    I'm a huge fan of the original novel and movie, as well as being a bit of a Ryan Gosling fan.
     
  6. Maxime D.

    Maxime D. Member

    " I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die. "

    One of my all time favorite monologue.
     
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  7. TomG

    TomG Member

    And most of it was ad-lobbed! Genius.
     
  8. Jase

    Jase Member

    Have only heard rave reviews on this so far - cant wait to see it.
     
  9. Maxime D.

    Maxime D. Member

    To whoever might be interested by the Tech-Noir genre, I recommend you watch Dark City with Rufus Sewell. Like Blade Runner, it was underappreciated at the time of its release and it aged like a fine wine.

    I've been a fan of Rutger ever since :D
     
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  10. lerenau

    lerenau Member

    'Dark City' was always one of my favourites.
     
  11. Drubbing

    Drubbing 110% Smiley-Free Site Moderator

    Kind of. It was scripted and there were a few drafts, but wasn't as Scott wrote it. Hauer used the essence of it, but winged it on the day. Scott was more than happy to credit it to him though.
     
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  12. TomG

    TomG Member

    @Maxime D. and @lerenau - it certainly was a tortuous path to Shell Beach. And how voluptuous was a youthful and natural Jennifer Connelly, before she unfortunately (IMO )succumbed to the scalpel.
     
  13. lerenau

    lerenau Member

    She was (and is) a stunner for sure.
     

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