Flash Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049
THE INVITATION WAS NOT addressed to me, but I was asked to go as a guest. I took no offense since the event was something that had never been part of my usual experiences. It was an art gallery opening for an artist; I was familiar with their name but not their work. Situated down in a trendy part of the city, the gallery’s large windows were swathed in dark banners that looked like they had been splattered with blood. I was not sure what I was getting into as I looked at the people milling about the front of the gallery when we walked in. Once inside servers with skin painted in dull shades of gray were walking around with champagne glasses filled with something that looked like a thick syrupy wine. If I did not know better I would have said I walked onto the set of a vampire themed movie. I declined any offer of the drink. WALKING AROUND THE GALLERY I was exposed to pieces of art that depicted graphic violence. They were done in an abstract way but one could easily make out the human form even with the bizarre, twisted ways it was being placed. Making my way around I was able to hear a variety of comments from the guests that were meandering about as they were looking for more of that reddish liquid stuff to drink. The majority of things I heard people say were positive about the artwork. I honestly did not understand how they could look at these grotesque pieces and interpret them as these beacons of reason and positivity. There was one gentleman who literally was lecturing the small group of individuals around him, expounding on the dynamic themes this one piece presented. I actually stopped to listen to him and though I am not a judgmental person by nature, I have to tell you I thought the talkative man sounded pompous, as he went on and on about various themes one could draw from the piece. By no means do I claim to be an art expert and I know appreciating art is a subjective thing; but I did not get any of the artwork for it did not entertain or move me in a positive way. Sadly I felt the same way about this science fiction, mystery sequel. BLADE RUNNER K, played by Ryan Gosling (Gangster Squad, La La Land), discovered a secret that was hatched years ago that could alter evolution. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Prisoners) this sci-fi thriller visually was impressive. The sets and costumes all conveyed a sense of defeat or maybe more to the point tiredness. Ryan with Robin Wright (Wonder Woman, House of Cards-TV) as Lieutenant Joshi, Ana de Armas (War Dogs, Hands of Stone) as Joi, Sylvia Hoeks (The Best Offer, The Storm) as Luv and Harrison Ford (42, The Age of Adeline) as Rick Deckard were all wonderful in their roles. My big issue with this film was the unnecessary length of time to tell a story from a script that was spotty in parts. I was bored through parts of the picture. There were some characters that one never got the opportunity to really understand, while others had more depth to them. It pains me to say this but I found this film to be pretentious and full of itself. Maybe with major editing there would have been more excitement for me; however, for my viewing time I sat there with a perplexed look on my face.
Posted on October 9, 2017, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 2 stars, ana de armas sylvia hoeks, denis villeneuve, harrison ford, mystery, robin wright, ryan gosling, science fiction, sequel, thriller. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Always interesting to see a review that is the complete opposite of what everyone is writing. I always become skeptical when a movie is receiving so much praise. I will be seeing it on saturday for myself. Honestly though, I do have to admit that I am really excited for it, and looking forward to it, but I will keep this review in my mind abd Tine down my expectations somewhat. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 😊
Please let me know what you think, I am very curious to hear since I know I have been in the minority. Good luck and thank you for the comments.
I’ll eventually buy this on DVD/Blu-Ray. I’ve always liked slowly paced films. One of my favorites is The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). As for much of what passes as art, I’m rather indifferent.
Whenever you do see this, I would be curious to hear your thoughts on it. Thank you for the comments.
I do agree upon with you. This movie was too long, too boring, too unexpressed in some parts and too not-understandable in some others. Hoping for something better next time 🙂
Thank you Sid. I knew I was in the minority and it is good to hear we think alike.
My husband went to see the movie with a friend this weekend and he absolutely loved it. He is a big fan of the original movie which is probably relevant. Anyway, it is now his new obsession. He tells everyone to go and see it.
Honestly I don’t get it; I went with my brother and we both were bored. But I am glad he had a good experience.
Having not seen it, I can’t comment. However, I find a lot of sci-fi quite divisive in that way: I either really get into it or I don’t engage with it at all.
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