Slow-burning 'Blade Runner 2049' far surpasses the popular original

Oct 06, 2017, 00:22
Slow-burning 'Blade Runner 2049' far surpasses the popular original

Ford and Gosling have shared much more about their on-set bromance while filming Blade Runner 2049. Some films can make that time commitment fly by, but Blade Runner 2049 only contains sporadic action, remaining contemplative in most scenes.

Taking characters from Phillip K. Dick's 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep', and re-recruiting the first film's co-writer, Hampton Fancher, alongside Logan and Murder On The Orient Express scripter Michael Green, Villeneuve and co. have crafted a genuinely surprising, absolutely mind-blowing cinematic experience - perhaps of one the best films of the decade. "It's a piece of art that's at ideal equilibrium, aesthetically and musically".

"It's like an angel pouring honey in your ear", Gosling said with a smile.

Along the way the three managed, briefly, to squeeze in talk of "Blade Runner 2049", but with journalists being asked to keep the film's many secrets under wraps, talking points were limited.

The original Blade Runner famously left fans with a dangling question: Is Rick Deckard a replicant?

Krista Kosonen, Elarica Johnson, Mackenzie Davis in BLADE RUNNER 2049 from Warner Bros.

One of the fun debates that arose from the original Blade Runner was whether Deckerd himself was a replicant. The titular blade runners are specialists who identify and destroy replicants that are deemed faulty.

If it feels like we've gone a long way here without getting into the plot of "Blade Runner 2049", that's at least partially by design.

Director Denis Villeneuve initially meant to work again with longtime composer Johan Johansson for this film, but ultimately switched to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch for the score.

Soon after, an idealistic scientist, Niander Wallace (played in the new film by Jared Leto), helped end the global starvation with his advancements in genetically modified food.

If there's one thing Harrison Ford is famous for - other than Star Wars and Indiana Jones and all that acting he does - it's being grumpy in interviews.

"I don't know what to say now, is this an interview?" he joked. "This one was more civilized, just slightly more civilized". "I feel like that's where this is headed", he said.

"Additionally, cinematographer Roger Deakins is being singled out for praise, and while he's never won the Oscar despite being nominated 13 times, perhaps this will finally be his year", Goldberg wrote. That sentiment is not far removed from most reviews; many are calling the film a "perfect" sequel.

We'd tell you more, but we're not looking to get "retired" anytime soon.

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