Blade Runner 2049: Witnessing a Miracle
Spoiler Free Review
Blade Runner 2049
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay: Hampton Fancher & Michael Green
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and Dave Bautista
Run time: 163 minutes
Blade Runner 2049 is a neon lit noir. It’s the ashes of a technicolor daydream. Each scene is a beautifully painted piece of art, each line of dialogue soul soaring poetry. Shimmering set pieces are juxtaposition to charcoal smudged skies. Candy coated nuances break up long shadows and familure gloom, perfectly capturing the dystopian cyberpunk world that is the Blade Runner universe.
A reoccurring line in the movie is “you’ve never seen a miracle.”
I don’t know about that though. Blade Runner 2049 manages to do what very few sequels are capable of, and that’s being better than the original. I don’t say that light heartedly either. I truly love the original but let’s face it, despite being ahead of its time Blade Runner (1982) was maybe…too ahead of its time? It’s a beautiful poignant piece of cinematic history that has more cuts than that emo kid you went to high school with. Part of the reason for that is because the movie was just too ambitious. A lot of critics are comparing this to Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and I can’t disagree with them.
Blade Runner 2049 not only had the resources it needed to tell it’s beautifully complex story, it had the creative control. This movie is a labor of love through and through. It captures the spirit of Phillip K. Dick’s story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep so vividly. To think, the most accurate portrayal of the human condition is told through robots. Existentialism explained in a way anyone could relate to.
Is this movie perfect? Would I give it a 10 out of 10? No, there’s not a perfect film I can think of to be honest. That being said, the only thing I saw wrong with this film is the miscasting of Jared Leto. Someone needs to let him know he is not Daniel Day-Lewis nor Gary Oldman, and watching him pretend to be is just embarrassing. He belongs in teen movies, and on the walls of that same emo kid you went to school with. The flip side to Jared Leto’s acting flop is the amazing performance by Ryan Gosling who honestly deserves an Oscar nod, followed closely by pretty much everyone else in the film including WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Who Would have thought a professional wrestler could out act an Oscar winner?
The film maker has asked me not to talk about pretty much any part of the plot. A request I hope all film critics will respect. This movie is meant to be seen multiple times, but the first viewing should be pure and virgin. The plot twists should be enjoyed, not anticipated. Even the obvious ones.
Go see this movie in theaters. Give it your money and make sure we show the studios that meaningful quality Cinema is more appreciated than disposable summer blockbuster.
I’m still in awe of what I saw over 12 hours after the screening. I hope that says something. I never been to a screening where when the credits roll the audience is completely silent, mouths agape, one had some tears running down their cheek.