A young blade runner unearths a secret which means he must track down one of his predecessors who has been missing for the previous thirty years.
Thirty years on from the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD officer K (Ryan Gosling) is forced to dig up the past after a secret is uncovered that has the potential to destroy what is left of society. He must put the matter bed, but before he can do that he must track down former blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who he believes has some of the answers he needs.
Right, so… I finally made it to see Bladerunner 2049. I have to be honest and say that it was bit of a love/hate experience. There were parts of this film I wouldn’t change for anything in the world, however there are plenty of things that I disliked about the film, so this should be an interesting review.
I think we can all agree that it is high-time Ryan Gosling won an Oscar. He has been on form in the last few years but has received very little for his troubles. K was a character with a few different layers, and I think Gosling played him excellently. You definitely got a feel of the complexity behind his character, and so I’d say that this role is a real testament to Gosling’s capabilities. Can we also take a minute to appreciate his jacket wearing as well? The overcoat looked very well on him I must admit – made the almost 3 hour run time slightly more bearable.
It was nice to see Harrison Ford back in the saddle as Rick Deckard. I didn’t make it through the whole of the first film, but watched enough to get a feel for his character. The toll that the interim thirty years had had on him was fairly evident, and this helped things a lot as I felt it added some authenticity to the revival of his role. I think it would’ve been better had he have had a slightly more prominent role overall as he did take a while to show up, but then the film was very long so I guess they couldn’t burn him out straightaway.
So, I’ve passed comment a couple of times on the length of the film. It was way too long. Unnecessarily long. So many scenes, in my opinion, could have been kicked to the kerb completely. Did Jared Leto even really need to be in this film? I understand who his character was and the part he played in the grand scheme of things, but the scenes with him just didn’t really feel like they properly belonged here. There were a few other shots that I think could’ve been ditched as well, such as the multiple shots of the city – if I’ve seen it once, I don’t need to see it again, trust me. Others could’ve been sped up a bit too. The biggest problem for me was not only the length of the film but the numerous pacing issues it had. Had it not have been for this I’m sure the time would have passed slightly quicker.
Generally speaking, the story line was good. It was quite well put together and had a few twists that freshened it up from time to time. However, sometimes the twists got a bit too twisty and it felt like the narrative was trying to be too clever. This was worsened by the strands that felt like subplots because from my point of view they had little or no impact on the main story.
Of course, although I’ve bashed it quite a bit here, I cannot ignore the fact that as far as the technical elements of film go, this was a masterpiece. It was visually stunning – I loved the cinematography, the editing and the various colour palettes that were used throughout. The sound was also tremendous and complimented the film’s various tones brilliantly. I can confidently say that it looked amazing even if other parts of it fell short.
Overall, I’ve not quite made my mind up about how I feel about Bladerunner 2049. I think it’s going to be one of those films that requires a few watches before I can come to a more solid conclusion. Do I have it in me to sit and watch this marathon of a film again anytime soon though? I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, when it was good, it was really good. But when it wasn’t, I couldn’t really care less about it.