Watched BLADE RUNNER 2049 last night with a friend and it was so fucking long!! 2h 43m long to be exact. I cannot say whether I thought it was long because the beats came late or whether it was because it had me scoffing at certain character dynamics and some of the ideas featured on-screen. As far as sequels are concerned — especially in this entertainment climate of reboots and remakes — BLADE RUNNER 2049 is near perfect.

Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling for real while shooting a scene in Blade Runner 2049.

Forget the action packed trailer however because this narrative is a slow burn (a noir mystery about a missing child and the existential crisis the case triggers in its investigating agent).

[What follows is just me ranting, cause I do that, plus spoilers] The ambiance was 100% faithful to the original film’s vision, save for the absence of ethnicity and lame holograms, I must say however. They were either blatantly promoting a real-world brand name or showing someone in performance like a dancing ballerina or a singing Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. Political correctness on show with no space for creativity or (any) cultural diversity as there was in the first film. This to me just painted BLADE RUNNER 2049’s world (the future) as being really uninspired and boring. What ever happened to the visual artists or innovative advertisers of the future, and surely people would still do things like extreme sports or have festivals and local gigs. But nooooo, what we are supposedly treated to are cool, advance holograms that are unambiguous and mainstream which is ultimately ineffective and nonsensical world-building, suffice it to say that yeah the future will probably be OK with nudity and have proximity sensitive holograms. Titillating ideas for those not familiar with sci-fi, I suppose. But who, what type of people were those lame holograms for? BLADE RUNNER 2049 is an intelligent tale to be sure but for this tiny subliminal gripe (not showing enough humanity) it loses recommendation points from me. Sometimes I wish directors just went balls-out with weird and wonderful ideas and not try so hard to have everything make sense or used as a crutch to support the story’s underlining theme (technological miracles will occur with profound effects). …Maybe I’m just picky because I’ve seen too much cool shit from cool people in the world and don’t like being spooned info longer than necessary. Boring shape depicting light for boring citizens in a cold and boring environment (because what else is there aside for sex) is less than the original BLADE RUNNER’s potential. As a viewer, I really didn’t see the jeopardy of 2049’s narrative. Everyone just plays each other, has sex, follows orders and argues over synthetics because it’s what they’re predisposed to believe in doing and there is nothing else to do. This movie ultimately fails to establish any metric of hope, and I think that’s what lost me. (Maybe that’s why the concept of love is so important a dynamic in everything. It’s chance, chaos and hope all in one. A fucking hologram in love can fuck right off though). I suppose when I don’t enjoy the story being told it becomes unbelievable and my suspension of reality fades in. Yeah. Hence, rant. Need to rant this off my chest.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a visually spectacular movie. Amazing set dressing. Good story. Verbose dialogue at times. Long takes. Unbelievable world. I should have felt emotionally invested in the protagonist’s journey and eventual catharsis, especially given the run-time. But ultimately it was too long spent in a bleak world I was never invited to care for from the start. Whoever wins, whatever. Yeah… Multiple viewings may be in order, but that right there is part of the reason why it didn’t resonate with me: I didn’t think I’d have to watch it again to love it. End rant.

Here’s an official supplemental animated short, directed by Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo’s Shinichiro Watanabe:

~ by Fionnlagh on October 17, 2017.

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