I am not a cinephile; I never have been. I’m not sure I ever will be. I have a handful or so films that I love dearly. Usually motion pictures as an art form isn’t my cup of tea. Most forms of art are 90% trash with a few truly great pieces, but in my eyes film always seemed so much worse considering what Hollywood chooses to shove down our throats. Then, on a whim, I decided to watch Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to 1982’s Blade Runner. I’d never seen the original and I’d seen nothing about this one besides word of mouth telling me it was great.
Word of mouth didn’t lie. This film absolutely floored me. It convinced me that film can truly be an elevated art form. I haven’t had a film move me like this since 2014’s Whiplash. In so many ways it was an absolute work of art. The acting was phenomenal, with Ryan Gosling starring as Officer K, a Replicant who hunts other Replicants. Harrison Ford also reprises his role as Deckard and delivers his best performance in at least 30 years. Something about this film inspired everyone involved to put on breathtaking performances.
This film truly succeeds in its cinematography. Every shot and scene is absolutely beautiful from the color choices, to the angles of the shots, to the sets. Everything was so painstakingly made and deliberately chosen to be as beautiful as possible. Each piece contributes something to the overall atmosphere of the film. For an excellent example of this, see the scene in which K meets soulless Joi. I won’t go into too much detail, but outside of being a truly emotionally moving scene, it’s a phenomenal looking scene.
This is such a hard review to write without spoiling the film. I’m usually not one to care about spoilers, but I have to make an exception in this case. I just want all of you who choose to see this film to be as moved as I was by going in blind without any real expectations. It’s such a phenomenal film, easily the best I’ve seen in the last decade. I don’t know if it’ll be topped for some time. I urge anyone reading this to go see it. Strap yourself in for the nearly 3 hour run time, and let yourself be immersed in this work of art.
Blade Runner 2049 gets a solid 5/5 from me.