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    Default Blade Runner 2049

    I am looking for a prior solitary thread about this and did not see one. might as well set one up, or merge this if we do find another. (The Search function here is whack and Google didn't find anything either.)

    Anyway: It drops on Oct 6, and found this today:
    Blade Runner 2049 Buzz: Critics Are Raving About the Long-Awaited Sequel << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News

    I'm still leery, but I've touted Denis Villeneuve here before. If anyone can do a decent sequel movie, he's one of the best possible choices. The tone and approach and skillset fits right into his strengths. Any praise currently hitting social media from folks who have screened the film is directed towards, well, the directing as well as the cinematography.

    I think I've heard complaints about picking Zimmer to do the score, but that's all so far. Also:
    Soundtrack: Jóhann Jóhannsson, who had worked with Villeneuve on Prisoners, Sicario and Arrival, was announced as composer. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch joined in July 2017. In September, Jóhannsson's agent confirmed that he was no longer involved with the film, but was contractually forbidden from commenting.[49]
    The film has been rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "violence, some sexuality, nudity, and language."[55]
    The film has been reported to have a run time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, including 11 minutes of credits.[3]
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    My most anticipated film of the year. The director and cinematographer are on a hot streak.
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    Villeneuve is probably my "current" fave director, and that was before "Arrival" released.

    I still have to watch Incendies -- I have the bluray.
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    Villanueve is my fave working director. Sicario blew my mind and Arrival was great.
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    My issue so far that makes me wary is that the weight of the first movie, and the charm of the PKD story, is that it's very personal and ultimately small scale. From what I can see Villanueve is making this about events that matter on a grand scale within the world, I feel like it could go wayward. It could be a great movie, but maybe it wouldn't be a spiritual successor to Blade Runner. More like Alien -> Prometheus.
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    .... oh god did you curse this film by name-dropping Prometheus in the thread?
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    No Vangelis? I'm out.

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    Metcritic's got it at 85/100 right now (23 reviews).
    I find them a little more helpful than RT in terms of actual quality.

    Blade Runner 2049 Reviews - Metacritic
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    One of the best movies I have seen all year.

    It takes themes and concepts from the original Blade Runner and tells its own story, expanding on those themes. Villeneuve also isn't afraid to take his time (which I guess the 2:45 runtime shows) -- he lets the scene breathe at their own pace, it reminds me of the opening of Scott's "Alien" which tracks the crew for a good 45-55 minutes before crazy stuff happens. Here, stuff is happening, but he lets the movie be about the characters and how they experience each scene

    It looks pretty amazing in 3D on the big screen. The soundtrack is really more about buttressing the emotional moodiness of the film. There are scenes between K and Joi that are just beautiful and painful. I think Leto has less screen time than Ford, maybe, if you tallied it all; Ford is great. Probably the weakest character is Robin Wright's -- she's a great actress, it's just her character doesn't have much through-line, she acts more like a plot point and/or motivator.

    There's a few good twists I won't share. I do like that about Villeneuve's films, they all typically have a few surprises, but they never end up being what you think in the long term and they work to establish a more realistic big picture versus something totally fanciful. I like how his work is usually grounded.

    The spoiler button here contains a link to an article that explains a lot of points of the film. It's worth reading after you see the movie, but not before, because it is laden (almost immediately) with spoilers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totenkindly View Post
    One of the best movies I have seen all year.

    It takes themes and concepts from the original Blade Runner and tells its own story, expanding on those themes. Villeneuve also isn't afraid to take his time (which I guess the 2:45 runtime shows) -- he lets the scene breathe at their own pace, it reminds me of the opening of Scott's "Alien" which tracks the crew for a good 45-55 minutes before crazy stuff happens. Here, stuff is happening, but he lets the movie be about the characters and how they experience each scene

    It looks pretty amazing in 3D on the big screen. The soundtrack is really more about buttressing the emotional moodiness of the film. There are scenes between K and Joi that are just beautiful and painful. I think Leto has less screen time than Ford, maybe, if you tallied it all; Ford is great. Probably the weakest character is Robin Wright's -- she's a great actress, it's just her character doesn't have much through-line, she acts more like a plot point and/or motivator.

    There's a few good twists I won't share. I do like that about Villeneuve's films, they all typically have a few surprises, but they never end up being what you think in the long term and they work to establish a more realistic big picture versus something totally fanciful. I like how his work is usually grounded.

    The spoiler button here contains a link to an article that explains a lot of points of the film. It's worth reading after you see the movie, but not before, because it is laden (almost immediately) with spoilers.

    All right, I'll take your word for it and buy that ticket for tonight.
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