Denis Villeneuve has achieved the impossible. Blade Runner 2049 is not only a worth film to the Blade Runner name, but it completes that seldom seen by being better than the original. He completes this with the help of Roger Deakins with the best cinematography I’ve ever seen in a film. Gorgeous visuals flood this film where numerous shots are jaw-dropping. Deakins deserves the Oscar this year and it would be a travesty if he didn’t win it.
Sound is incredible, engrossing, and respected. Few times in film do directors know what sound is and isn’t appropriate, Villeneuve certainly understands these rules. A phenomenal story rounds out the tour-de-force with some great performances from nearly the entire cast. Gosling and Ford are excellent in their roles. The film’s secret weapons lie within the women of this film; both Sylvia Hoeks and Ana de Armas fill the film with two of the best performances. The film works as a standalone, sequel, and sci-fi to a superb degree.
Blade Runner 2049 upholds a legacy that has been known as cult classic and now rises to masterstroke filmmography. Where the original has a grandiose aesthetic in many senses, 2049 has it in all senses. The message is stronger than the original. What makes 2049 so incredible is that it not only improves the original film, but it adds onto the mystique that it’s predecessor boasts. Some questions are answered and new ones arise. These matters make for a gold mine of discussion and speculation. It respects the material it comes from only helps to boost particular scenes or meanings.
The only complaint I have are minimal remarks on one semi-cliche line of dialogue and two scenes each less than a few seconds that blatantly paint an already ornate message. With these micro-issues cast aside it’s clear that 2049 is the front-runner for best film of 2017. Perfect visuals, top-notch story, magnificent sound, and other aspects of film are brought to full potential. The world in which our characters interact in is populated with so much interesting diversity in all facets. This helps reanimate and evolve the Los Angeles we knew in 2019 and gracefully ages up forward, past the standard of what we’ve seen in sci-fi films.
To this degree, I could fanatically continue to build this film up. More casual cinema-goers may not keenly view the 2 hour and 44 minute run-time. Everyone will be changed to do some thinking or reflecting on the film. This element gives it the rare replay value that films scarcely have when we try to dive deeper into film and meaning. General ponderings leave me to anticipate my next viewing. It joins and succeeds the ranks of it’s predecessor to be a sci-fi masterpiece.
While it’s more of slow movie, for those interested, you’ll be treated to the finest and most nuanced film of the year.