Blade Runner 2049
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
When this project was first announced, it sounded like another soulless cash-in on the 80s remake/sequel craze. But the finished product is visually rich, complicated, uncompromising, emotional, and as challenging in many ways as the original. I've played 150-hour video games inspired by Blade Runner that don't do as much with the implications of synthetic humans as this movie accomplishes in 2.5 hours. In this era of infantilizing blockbusters, it's refreshing to see one that expects the audience to keep up without spelling everything out for them all the time, although the trailers did spoil a few surprises. It's also refreshing to see a big-budget movie be this slow-paced and emotional, really taking the time to grind you down until you feel as weary as the hero, so that when he does get a reason to hope, it means something. This is really good, certainly better than the idea of a Blade Runner sequel had any right to be. I don't expect it to leave behind the same legacy, but it earns its right to exist.
Evie Totty: “It ruled.”
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Scott Hardie: Yes! Beautiful is the right word for it. The movie looks amazing. And i too appreciated the artistry of the love scene; what a great idea, fantastically realized.
Wallace's scenes were largely disassociated from the storyline, but still important for color and mood. As much as I dislike Jared Leto, and would have preferred that David Bowie play Wallace as was originally intended, I don't think the movie would have been quite the same without Wallace's grotesquerie. His long, weird monologue delivered to the "newborn" is, I think, essential. I'm glad the studio didn't insist on cutting it. − October 22, 2017 more by Scott