Saturday, October 14, 2017

Blade Runner 2049: Monday, October 9 2017

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) is directed by French Canadian, award-winning, Denis Villeneuve (50), and written by Hampton Fancher (79) and Michael Green (50ish?). The direction was good, but tighter editing might have been an improvement. On the other hand, perhaps it was felt that dwelling on expressive faces was desirable. It also might have increased the understanding of the story if the actors had been encouraged to speak clearly. I felt subtitles would have helped.

The film is a sequel to Blade Runner (1982). The original film is considered a cult movie in the neo-noir tradition. It is considered by many to be the best science fiction film of all time. The early version was directed by Ridley Scott, and starred Harrison Ford (75) as Rick Deckard. It won many awards.

In Blade Runner 2049, Canadian actor, Ryan Gosling (36), is K, a blade runner, and plays the part well. Harrison Ford plays a much older Rick Deckard. I'm a fan of Harrison Ford, so I enjoyed his performance.

My Film Group saw a 2:30pm showing and the Cineplex was packed. The film definitely has a following. It ran for 163 minutes, that is two and a half hours, and 13 minutes. The audience was glued to the screen for all that time, without a rustle, or anyone leaving. Amazing! My friends said they enjoyed it, even if it was a bit too long.

I'm not sure that I can honestly say I enjoyed Blade Runner 2049. It struck me that it is probably would appeal more to the male mind. I am glad to be able to say that I have seen it. It probably will appear in the Oscars.

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