Blade Runner 2049

  • The first Blade Runner was a groundbreaking film in terms of its visuals. This one didn’t bring anything new to the table. Having said that, audiences and special effects have changed so much since 1982 that I think it would be hard pressed to do that.
  • However, like that first movie, this newer movie moves SLOW. It definitely takes its time setting itself up, but maybe a little too much time.
  • Ryan Gosling plays every character in every movie pretty much the same: Blade Runner 2049 = Crazy, Stupid, Love = Drive = Lars & the Real Girl.
  • Speaking of keeping things the same, is Harrison Ford just surly and somewhat drunk all the time now?
  • There’s an actress in this who plays Gosling’s companion named Ana de Armas. She’s new to American audiences, but she’s been acting in Cuba for a little over a decade. She’s a talented standout who will definitely make it on some folk’s celebrity crushes lists.
  • Getting back to the slowness of this movie, it definitely feels like some stuff could have been cutout, or that some scenes could have been tightened up. There’s a lot of silence in this movie, and a lot of characters just looking at things. Having said that, the rooted story is still good. But it is a story covered in dense imagery, sparse dialog and subtle emotions.
  • Final Letter Grade: B
  • Jose Zuazua is editor-in-chief of Quick Lunch Break Reviews. He has an associates degree in film production. He’s on Twitter and Instagram.

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