"Blade Runner 2049" Movie Review
When the original Blade Runner came out, some would say it was ahead of it's time. Traction for the cult following it received didn't happen until long after its theatrical release. I get the sense Blade Runner 2049 may unfortunately and inadvertently follow the same fate.
There is so much to appreciate about 2049. The most striking aspect to me, much like the original Blade Runner, is the set design. Every scene and sequence isn't just a location or setting; it's a work of art. From the cinematography, and the placement of significant scene pieces, to the striking colors, watching 2049 is very much akin to walking through an art exhibit, which I thoroughly appreciate.
Then, there's the acting. With Ryan Gosling once again doing fantastic at saying very little, Jared Leto portraying an eerily well-spoken aristocrat of sorts, and the always welcome return of Harrison Ford, there is enough talent to keep the film more than entertaining.
There's action, mystery, and some solid twists. But the pace and extended run-time is not necessarily mainstream. Perhaps, after many different cuts, the film will catch on with the public. As it is now, I still call it a masterpiece.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 2 | Story and Message - 2 | Entertainment Value - 1 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 2 | Reviewer's Preference - 2