This was my first-time watching Blade Runner 2049. I’ve had the movie digitally but I’ve had trouble trying to figure out how to set aside the run time, which is a problem for movies that are almost three hours. That being said I enjoyed the movie a lot, having watched the original Blade Runner recently helped keep everything fresh in my mind. It keeps several elements from the original movie but changes them as the world had evolved.
Blade Runner 2049’s story was written by Hampton Fancher, who was one of the writers of the first movie. Fancher also wrote the script along with Michael Green. This helped give 2049 a similar but different film. Denis Villeneuve’s style helps this movie have a different feel. 2049 offers an interesting contrast to Villeneuve’s newest movie Dune: Part One. While Dune started in a wet area and ended in a barren dry place 2049 started in a barren dry place and ended in a wet area. That contrast is possibly a coincidence but is still an interesting visual connection between the two movies.
Blade Runner 2049 has an interesting cast. This shares some cast members with Dune: Part One, which this was the movie that helped them get cast in Dune. 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Harrison Ford, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto, and Edward James Olmos. Both Harrison Ford and Edward James Olmos return as their characters from the first movie. Olmos has what is basically a cameo and Ford has a more substantial role. Gosling, Bautista, and Leto all put in great performances. Bautista and Leto both have roles that are shorter, but the performances are fantastic especially Bautista’s being a memorable role. Gosling continues the franchise’s more interesting performances coming from people that play Replicants, which also ties into Bautista’s role too.
The visual effects in Blade Runner 2049 are amazing. Basically, all of Ana de Armas’ performance is done with visual effects. Her character is a hologram and the visual effects used for the role are simply amazing. Sean Young’s character, Rachael, from the original movie is recreated digitally so she looked the exact same as in Blade Runner. The effect looks good at first but as it was on screen longer it looked worse. I can understand why Blade Runner 2049 won an Oscar for digital effects. The production and set design are amazing. The music by Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer. The score has several callbacks to the original movie’s score.
Blade Runner 2049 is a great sci-fi movie that might be overly long but is of such a high quality that it doesn’t have a negative effect on the experience. There’s a sequel series that’s in the works for Amazon Prime Video. There were also shorts released before this movie’s release, but I’ve not seen them. You can stream Blade Runner 2049 on HBO Max. I give Blade Runner 2049 8.5 wooden horses out of 10.