9/10 I take the very controversial stance on the original “Blade Runner” that it is decent but highly overrated and not the sci-fi classic that cinephiles claim it to be. Ridley Scott is one of my favorite directors of all time but the original was so slow moving and Harrison Ford’s performance didn’t do much for me. His relationship with Rachael also seemed like he was forcing his way onto her instead of it initially being a mutual love. But this new film was my #1 Most Anticipated Film of 2017 because of the director, Denis Villeneuve whom put out the best film of 2015, “Sicario” and a great film last year, “Arrival.” Pair that with original cast members returning, a screenwriter from the original co-writing this and Roger Deakins shooting this and you had the makings for a class. I can say after having seen this film twice that “Blade Runner 2049” delivers. Whereas the first film was slow and often boring, this film is a slow burn that takes its time, yet is never boring. Each moment that a character is just walking or doing something ordinary, we as the audience are absorbing the unbelievable production design of this universe. The universe building is some of the best I have ever seen in any film ever. This film should win Best Visual Effects at the Oscars if the Academy has a shred of sense in them. The production design and costume design honor and respect the original film, while expanding on it to update it for the year 2049. The best cinematographer of all time, Roger Deakins (whom has been nominated 13 times yet never won) delivers some of his best work and this should also win Best Cinematography and snap his Oscars dry spell. The way he lights this film and uses colors and hues to set the atmosphere is jaw droppingly stunning. Hanz Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch provide the best score of 2017 so far which again, pays homage to the original while also providing their own unique voices. The plot is very engaging and mysterious and benefits with repeat viewings. It raises questions about what it means to be human and have a soul, how humans treat replicants and “lesser beings” and strong family dynamics. This is a film with puzzles and clues and a mystery and information is revealed exactly when it needs to be. My only very minor complaints are little plots points and a couple flashbacks that spoon feed the audience a little bit but that is about all. Harrison Ford gives his best performance in years, Ryan Gosling continues to sign on for great roles and show that he is continuing to grow as an actor. Jared Leto shines with the limited amount of screen time that he has and I love that they leave some things with him open ended. I could go on and on about how amazing of a movie this is and how I am pretty bummed that like the original, it isn’t doing well at the box office, but all I will say is that this is the best sci-fi film since “Ex Machina” and if you like sci-fi in any way, this is a must see and one of the top 3 best films of 2017 so far.
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