Review of Blade Runner 2049
Loved it. I’d heard mixed reviews on the movie and since we don’t do movie theaters here at Cool Gus’ place (because they don’t let him in and he likes watching movies just fine on the comfy bed), we finally bought it on demand.
I need to watch it again to fully process it, but I found it be one of the smartest movies I’ve seen. It was obvious a ton of brainpower was put into it; not only to link to the first movie, but to have a story that stood on its own. There are a lot of moving parts in the Blade Runner universe and this movie did a good job integrating them.
This is the way CGI should be used. I’m so tired of these 20–30 minute long, “epic” fights between super-heroes where you know who is going to win and the action doesn’t even make sense other than to use the capability to do the graphics and action. The climactic scene here was dramatic, tight, and well done.
The plot had several good twists, none of which I will give up, in case you haven’t seen it. The ending tied this movie up and, of course, left enough to move forward.
Having read the original source by Philip K. Dick, the first Blade Runner was an excellent take from material that was hard to digest. (Hey, it’s PKD — all his stuff is hard to digest, but yield nuggets of ideas that are spectacular).
Like two of my favorite reboots — Westworld and Battlestar Galactica — BR 2049 focuses on the essential issues of existence, what is humanity, and good versus evil and how nebulous that line is depending on your motivation and end results.
There were so many small, deft touches not only in the story, but in the 2049 universe its set in. It didn’t over-explain, but explained enough. Of course, we still don’t have the flying cars from the first movie, but . . .
It definitely set the stage for another BR movie — my fear would be that it turns into a sprawling battle epic. I hope not.
In the extras, the director describes how he had writers do three short stories to bridge from the original to 2049. Intellectually as a writer, I found this intriguing. Writing a series is difficult. As noted, lots of moving parts to keep moving and some to wrap up while opening up new possibilities. Not for the faint of heart. Creatively, it takes all sorts of techniques, usually involving many headaches for the writers.
Bob and Gus
Originally published at bobmayer.com on December 29, 2017.