The sequel to Ridley Scotts amazing cult classic may be one of the finest sci-fi films ever made.
Blade Runner is the kind of film you either love or hate. It has the status of a cult classic and a lot of people were quite sceptical when the talks of a sequel emerged 30 years after. Luckily Blade Runner 2049 has a great director, an amazing script and even the return of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard.
Ryan Gosling has the lead role in 2049 as K. a cop/Blade Runner hunting down rogue bioengineered humans. Gosling proves himself to be an actor who can play pretty much anything. Ks chemistry with his boss, played by the phenomenal Robin Wright and his AI girlfriend played by Ana de Armas are incredible and there are many moments throughout the film where I find myself with tears in my eyes due to the great acting. Jared Leto plays Niander Wallace, the films antagonist who is making the android replicant.
Harrison Ford is 75 years old, and he still kicks ass. Seeing Deckard again 35 years after the original almost feels like when I saw Han Solo return in The Force Awakens. They manage to fill in what happened to Deckard and Rachael after Blade Runner and the chemistry he has with Gosling when they are fighting to Elvis is so fun to watch.
Denis Villeneuve is the director and he is doing quite the amazing job at it. Previously he did Arrival which was a masterpiece. All throughout 2049 the direction feels calm and manages to create a narrative that makes sense, he also manages to remain faithful to the original movie, while reinventing the rules of blockbuster storytelling.
Blade Runner 2049 is also visually gorgeous to look at. Most of the visual effects here are incredible. Seeing the climate go berserk and the different weather effects are intriguing and they have managed to make the visual effects look realistic and exciting.
Roger Deakins is responsible for the cinematography and everyone with a keen interest in the art of cinema should know about his magic with the camera. Previously he has done Skyfall, Fargo, The Shawshank Redemption, he has thirteen Academy Award nominations for best cinematography, and he may be close to fourteen. Because Blade Runner 2049 is another cinematography masterpiece. Every frame looks remarkable and the camera always feels natural in every scene.
The music and sound by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch is creative and breathtaking. They have used the original compositions of Vangelis while also composing some extraordinery tunes on their own. The music fits the atmosphere all throughout the movie, and the sound effects are impressive.
There are so many things to enjoy in Blade Runner 2049 that I do not really know where to begin, it is the kind of movie that should just be enjoyed because it is hard to write about.
We cannot hide from the fact that Blade Runner 2049 is an instant sci-fi classic. The script is phenomenal and really explores the deeper lore of the original film. Denis Villeneuve is one of the most amazing directors in Hollywood these days, and the work of Roger Deakins is remarkable. The Oscar nominations comes out in a few weeks and it is easy to anticipate Blade Runner 2049 to get a lot. It expands the Blade Runner universe and is easily one of the greatest sequels of all time. It is truly filmatic art