Blade Runner 2049 Spoiler FREE Review
This is a spoiler FREE review, for a more in-depth spoiler heavy review stay tuned for the podcast episode coming soon!
I don’t know how to begin other than by saying Blade Runner 2049 was incredible. Seriously. Who would have thought that a sequel to arguably one of the best science fiction movies of all time that came out 35 years after the original would actually be decent, let alone one of the best films of the year? Needless to say expectations were very high for this film, and it really exceeded all of mine. But I guess when you have people like Denis Villeneuve, Hampton Francher (whom cowrote the original), and Roger Deakins working behind the camera you have a pretty good recipe for success.
The cast all did a great job in their roles, with Gosling and Ana de Armas in particular really shining in the movie. The pair share two really moving scenes around halfway through the movie that were both really well done and were key emotional moments for their characters. Jared Leto wasn’t in it quite as much as I expected, but he was great when he was on screen and I think it served the story better. There were also some pleasant and well done twists and turns throughout the movie.
The action, set designs, cgi, and the designs of Los Angeles and other areas were excellent. Of course, I have to talk about how fantastic of a job Roger Deakins did with the cinematography. The movie was so well shot and beautifully done, even in a dreary environment. I’d be surprised if this movie doesn’t earn him his first Oscar that he’s been deserving for so many years. And that score though. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch did a phenomenal job scoring this movie. It truly enhanced each scene and was equal parts beautiful and haunting.
I admit this may not be the best review, but Blade Runner 2049 is certainly one of the best films of the year hands down and I can’t recommend seeing it enough.
For a better, more in-depth review listen to the podcast episode but be careful for spoilers.