Very disappointing. The interesting parts could have been compressed into at least a 2 hour movie or less. I dislike movies that have to be interpretted by on online site for some of the prose-like dialogue that isn't clear. They spent too much on atmosphere and not enough on context. Not even my fave Gosling saved it.
Good movie not for the non thinking movie person.. If you are looking for lots of killing and cars racing round this is not the movie for you. It would be good to see the first Blade Runner movie. The movie is an unfolding mystery, set in a time where most humans live off world and those who live on earth are mostly non human. Maybe this will be our world some day.
Boring . . .
I walked out of the theatre before the end. . .and yet. . . it's effect is powerful and undeniable: for over an hour afterwards, as I trod the damp, Seattle pavement in the dark, I couldn't shake the sense that I was back inside the movie, isolated from everyone else, surrounded by clones locked into their cell phone gazing stupor.
2h43m. Villeneuve is the best new director around. It's visually stunning and epic to look at. 2h43m. The international cast is fantastic and it deals with a lot of great ideas. 2h43m. It's a worthy sequel to the original. 2h43m. Did I mention it was 2 hours.... AND 43 minutes LONG. While the director did a phenomenal job, the editor did a horrific job. I get that it wants to take it's time, but it just stops in sections and the pacing really keeps this film from being epic. Don't get me wrong; I was engrossed with the film, but the length was a major issue. Also, there is a major unresolved issue (which I won't spoil) but is anything "solved" or "fixed"? The main issue still exists and after 2 hours and 43 minutes they should have resolved the story a lot better. I would love to see an edited version that was 2h 15m long. I bet it's a much better film. It felt like all of the deleted scenes were in the film.
2+ hours of excellent gritty, moody sci-fi and then...
Actually I watched BR2049 twice. The 1st time, I really disliked the last 30 minutes or so (an absolutely HORRIBLE fight scene and many questions left unanswered); The 2nd time, I was OK with it. It is a deep movie so I may eventually evolve into loving the ending.
The most annoying thing about this movie is that, depending on which of the 57 varieties of the original Bladerunner you have seen, you may have come to the understanding that Rick Deckard is, in fact, a replicant (I always thought he was human). I have even read interviews of director Ridley Scott saying that anyone who doesn't realize this is an idiot. Yet, it is quite clear (to me, anyway) that, in Bladerunner 2049, Deckard is human. So did Scott change his mind, is he messing with us, or is he just a terrible director? Also, the creators/producers always say there is no intention of making this into a franchise yet they conveniently left multiple loose threads and unanswered questions.
Everyone complains about the ridiculous number of sequels, remakes, reboots, reimaginings, and spin-offs being made by Hollywood today. Especially offensive are the sequels made decades later, involving few if any of the original creative team, manufactured only for the purpose of cashing in on the accumulated cultural capital. This is not one of those movies. Blade Runner 2049 manages to tell its own unique, interesting story while capturing the look and feel of the original, building on the original with respect but without repetition.
A rich chamber piece compared to the original symphony: from dreaming of electric sheep to having a human baby from a robot/android/replicant. Things look pared-down at first: the low-res CG smog/fog L.A.; the limited colour palette of black/gray/sulfur yellow (Enemy and Arrival); the zen-like interiors with rippling water reflections evoking Robert Lepage, etc. The cast was good yet less intense (remember the scene with Rutger Hauer and the pigeons?). In addition to Ridley Scott, there are echoes of Tarkovsky's Solaris (the virtual wife that kept popping up) and Stalker (the claustrophobic 'zone') and most of all, Chris Marker who made the classic La Jetée, about MEMORY (and time travel), later remade as Nine Monkeys with Bruce Willis et.al. Back to 2049, a bit long at more than 2.5 hours, in which the last 30 minutes were like Star Wars: is he my Daddy?
Really good sci-fi/ mystery.
Great movie a sequel that honors and improves on it's original that looks stunning but also has a great story to go with it and like always Ryan Gosling was incredible and Harrison Ford returned in a big way to another one of his more iconic roles and this is a movie that will influence future filmmakers Hampton Fancher and Michael Green wrote one heck of a script and Denis Villenueve directed one heck of a movie!!!
This explains Ryan Gosling's acting style: He's really a replicant. I think we need to run a baseline check on him.
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