Blade Runner 2049 movie review
I was worried about the film's length, two hours forty five minutes, my mouth turned to cotton and I had nothing to drink, I kept thinking I'd have to go to the lobby and get water. And then the movie ended. I had sat on the edge of my seat for two hours forty five minutes and it felt like an hour! Unlike the original I never flagged interest for a second. I knew in the first five minutes that Blade Runner 2049 was a hundred fifty million dollar art movie that is not going to be liked immediately. It's already gotten knocked as sexist (and no question, it was made by white men -- which doesn't bother me). The only drag is that I cannot afford to see it over and over again. The first Blade Runner I must have seen in theaters at least a half dozen times -- that's how I fell in love with the damn movie. But movies only cost $5 then! I have plenty of questions (and have not read any summaries of the film), like I did not understand the Jared Leto character, or why a female police captain had to be killed. I really look forward to revisiting. The whole film is far more erotic than the 1982 original. Constant female bodies on display, from giant ballerinas dancing to sculptures of torsos to a giant naked teen with blue hair. K's virtual companion (Ana de Armas from Knock Knock), who is called Joi and who calls K Joe, is fascinating but raises more questions. I am utterly intrigued by this film. It has the mystery that the first one did, and this really is a sequel, not a retelling. And the visuals are breathtaking. The drone shots alone are astonishing. After one viewing, I am not really sure of what I saw. My first take, it seems to project the terrible possibilities of a world run by rich madmen (like what we have now). Imagine the horror of this country with no EPA or standards and what life will be like in thirty years. Blade Runner 2049 depicts a world where millions live crowded in tiny boxes while the rich live luxuriously in their penthouses and there is NO nature, no world outside the city. It's all death and the only out is off world. It's the bleakest vision of the future that I have ever seen. Yet the film ends on a positive note, and not on the impossible positive as the first theater cut of Blade Runner in 1982 did. No, the film presents real hope. Which I never expected. At the very least, it's the best film I've seen since GRAVITY. And I wouldn't mind the story continuing.