Blade Runner 2049 – Review

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This week’s film is the long-awaited (??) Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, directed by Dennis Villeneuve with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Jared Leto. The film is set thirty years after Blade Runner’s events and the protagonist is this agent, K, potrayed by Ryan Gosling, who is a Replicant, who hunt down all Replicants of old models. In fact, Tyrell no longer exists, but instead there is the Wallace, which has built some better Replicants. So K has to hunt down the old ones.

We could have

lived better without this movie, and I’m not just talking about me, but about the whole industry. A useless and boring film and, in my opinion, meaningless. I repeat, they could very well not do it, but unfortunately they did.

Let’s start with the screenplay. When I reviewed Blade Runner, I said that there had been parts of the screenplay that I liked and others that I didn’t. This time the whole screenplay is a no for me. But a NO as big as a house! The story of this film (small, insignificant spoiler for those who haven’t seen it) is based on the fact that Rachel and Deckard had a son. And already here, no comment. And I don’t want to spend a word about how they discovered that she was pregnant, because it’s a surreal thing. But we are in the future. So all the film is centered on the search for this son and K, as a good agent, has to kill him. All of this investigation, if we want to call it that, is trivial and not a real investigation. Of course, it was supposed to be used to trace the noir aspect of Deckard’s work in Zhora’s footsteps, but it doesn’t come down to us at all, and we’re talking about an investigation – that of Deckard- hasty and based on a clue that leaves some perplexity about its existence. I’m talking about the photos. But in reality here should be more of a thriller, since there is the mystery of this child that needs to be found. But you can already understand so many things after five minutes that you have discovered the existence of this child and you can understand where the scriptwriters want to go with the story. So the surprise effect, it’s not so surprised. There is action, much less than I expected, though. In fact, I thought it would be much more played on action scenes and special effects, but that’s not the case. This has impressed me positively. Usually all action movies are ugly. It’s a fact that some action sequences are a bit long and some useless. Let’s say that some have been put there just to revive the audience a little bit as the film is boring, as if to say:”there are no explosions for thirty minutes, let’s put some action”. The effect is that. There’s also a love story in this film, but if Blade Runner’s story between Rachel and Deckard seems to be lived by two fifteen years old and not two adults, in this film the story is pathetic. And I say nothing else. Another thing, the themes. The thing I liked from Blade Runner (and that also hated the scriptwriters for ruining a film with an incredible potential) were the themes that the film dealt with, especially one: humanity, the differentiation between what is human or not, aimed at taking back what the Nazis did with the Jews (deumanizing the victim). This was the main theme of the novel Did Androids dream of electric sheeps? by Philip K. Dick on which Blade Runner is based. In Blade Runner 2049, this theme is picked up, but we are told nothing more than what the old film had already done. That’s why it’s useless: it adds nothing, but nothing at all. Last two things I didn’t like are: rain, it always rains in the important scenes, as in Blade Runner, but this rain has stewed a little bit; and the final, which is ugly and insulting as in the first film. They have created their own succession line. And that’s the story, but I didn’t like the characters of this screenplay. Mr. Wallace, Leto’s character, is useless. K is a Deckard 2.0. Deckard is always jerk. Just enough.

For all this series of reasons, the film seemed to me more like a reboot than a sequel, a badly done reboot. There are also scenes, things that are left in abeyance, almost suggesting that this film is the first in a series. But as Fast & Fyrious teaches us, it’s the box-office that will decide whether or not the sequel is to be set. We cross our fingers and hope not.

We move on to directing, which is definitely better than Blade Runner’s. Villeneuve knows where to get his hands behind the camera better than Scott, both now and then. But frankly, I don’t think he was his best direction, I don’t think this type of movies is really suitable for him. In Arrival he was great. Well, I think he should do more serious things, because there really gives the best of himself. The sound is also definitely better than the first film, which had a very bad sound. The set design is a bit a yes and no. In the sense, I appreciated the desolation because it comes close to Dick’s novel, but at the same time, Los Angeles hasn’t changed at all and that’s annoying. However, at least in this film set in 2049, people seem to come from 2049. Not like Blade Runner, set in 2019 and all props (including costumes) were from the 70s and 80s. The special effects are good, but perhaps too computerized? Too much exaggerated? A little, let’s say that I prefer the first on this point because it was softer. Same as for sound editing, it’s good, but I find it exaggerated in some places and for this reason I always give my preference to the first one on this point. However, the editing is certainly better in 2049, due also, as I said before, to a more experienced director, more aware. I also remember you that Scott was just at his third film with Blade Runner and that therefore, the inexperience was more than normal and justified.

I close with the actors. I don’t like Ford then, I don’t think he’s a great actor. He made his own in Blade Runner and there he was good, but here no! The fact that he just has to talk shows how much he is more addressed for other types of films. I like Gosling, he’s a good actor, but I didn’t think he’s suitable for such a role before the mvoie came out, and in fact he’s not. I only liked Leto, who was very good, and I regretted the futility of his character.

I have more or less analyzed everything of that film. So we are at the end and now I have to give my mark, but first of all I want to summarise everything. One of the reasons why I didn’t really like Blade Runner (I invite you to go and read my review) is the presence of plot holes and inaccuracies. In this movie thre are not, even if a slight misstatement is there when they talk about Rachel. For those who have seen the film, it can’t have passed thirty years since you-know-what. Yes, there are things left on hold, but not real holes. But, at least, I liked very much Blade Runner’s first half hour, I didn’t find a single minute here that I liked. The noir part is addictive even if hasty, in 2049 it is boring because it takes us two hours to tell you something that it has already understood. In the original of 1982, on the other hand, everything went quickly and took two seconds to say important things, which I didn’t understand and did not receive explanations. Let’s say that 2049, it could be a 40-45 minute short film and the film would not change in its outcome of the story. They only lengthened the stock for almost two and a half hours. INACCEPTABLE! That is why I do not recommend it at all! a waste of time and money that you won’t be able to get back. Rather, go and watch motherboards, what is a movie.

Rating: 40/100

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