A.S.: Two of my friends and me decided to watch “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049” in a row. We watched the original “Blade Runner” first, to be prepared for the sequel. It’s been 4 or 5 years ago that I watched Ridley Scott’s movie from 1982 the last time. After that, we went to the cinema for “Blade Runner 2049” directed by Denis Villeneuve. It’s now in the 4th week and the cinema was empty. But that was fine for us.
After 164 Min I was totally stoked.
For me personally, “Terminator 2” is the best sequel of all time. But “Blade Runner 2049” is close behind. The story is intense, very well narrated and a huge evolution. All the essential parts of “Blade Runner” have had a motivated continuation in the movie of 2017. I really like to see actors from the first movie appearing in the sequel, not just for „fame“. Rick Deckard aka Harrison Ford is an important character for the story of “Blade Runner 2049”. It felt really logical and natural as he showed up.
But it’s not just the story. The VFX, the sound design, the characters, the set design etc. – everything is stunning! Maybe the runtime is a little but too much. I think if you’re not into the “Blade Runner” topic the movie could be lengthy. But if you are, all the others aspects conceal it in an awesome manner.
Thank you for sharing, A.S.!
This review of Mark Kermode (The Guardian) is worth reading as well, because he has been sensitive not only to the visual achievements – he describes in detail the soundscape of Benjamin Wallfisch and Hans Zimmer.
Here are the results of two people watching the “Blade Runner 2049” at different times and places:
The overall waveform is different, but there are similarities in particular regions (red/green before 0:30 and around 1 hour) and watch out for identical peaks at 1:35 | 2:11 | 2:32 and some close ones.