Blade Runner 2049 Review Round-up: Critics say its better than the original

Blade Runner 2049 Review Round-up: Critics say its better than the original

"I was living with this movie every day as a reference, so that was enough for me".

Blade Runner 2049 is an upcoming American science fiction drama which is directed by Denis Villeneuve. That's sheer folly, right?

Every effect, each little detail in the "Blade Runner" sequel's formidable arsenal, creates the texture of a wondrously disgusting near future, full of holographic accessories, slave-labor replicants and, as one character puts it, products and services of "the fabulous new".

The story goes that the stretch of snowy landscape at the end of the original cut of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner was actually B-roll from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, slapped on by Scott at the last minute to help deliver the more upbeat ending his studio requested. And then new generations come and they bring back these films.

"There's a wonderful emotional context in the film, which is one of the things I most admire about it", Ford said. "Blade Runner 2049" [Credit: Warner Bros.] The Verge: "The depth of the world-building doesn't extend to the story". Like its predecessor, it really should be experienced directly rather than sampled. As Deckard says about Roy Batty in his original narration in the 1982 film, "All he'd wanted were the same answers the rest of us want". Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard has been engaged in that parlor game for 35 years now. Society has crumbled, and K discovers a secret that could destroy what remains. It's a cyberpunk Chinatown. I had been anxious, because of how large a shadow Harrison Ford's Deckard casts on the project, that any time he wasn't on screen, we'd be waiting for him to come back; thankfully this wasn't the case, as Gosling's Officer K is just as magnetic as Ford. There are a number of reveals and twists that worked and fed into the themes of consciousness, identity, and connection that the first film explored. He provides a palpable degree of emotional heft that grounds the story amid all its futuristic high-rises. For that matter, it's one of 2017's best movies overall.

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Owing to the passage of time, Ford praises Villeneuve's handing Deckard's character evolution. I's a Ford specialty to be believably heroic, believably vulnerable. "So much of what I had an ambition for seems to have been achieved".

The rest of the cast is also impressive.

On the top of the aforementioned, Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch's score gives the film a rhythm that keeps you entranced, while the vastness and richness of its set-designs mean you're constantly moving your gaze to try and take in as much as possible. Robin Wright's role isn't as flashy or prominent, but it's a refreshing departure from some of her recent parts, and one she plays with a blend of been-around cynicism and maternal protectiveness.

After debuting with his documentary La Course Destination Monde in 1988, Villeneuve, 49, emerged as one of Canada's most visionary directors thanks to his Genie-winning Polytechnique and 2010's Incendies, which earned an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language Film.

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