Blade Runner 2049 hits the ground running

Jarrod Flaherty
Staff Writer

Science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049, was released in theaters this past weekend. COURTESY OF LWLIES.COM

Science fiction film, Blade Runner 2049, was released in theaters this past weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 is a visually-attractive, cinematic masterpiece.

Since the minute the first trailer dropped, I was unbelievably excited to see it in theaters. Even though I have never seen the 1982 original, the previews sold me on what promised to be a visual masterpiece.

From the very first scene, you know you are in for something special. Blade Runner 2049 is not only one of the best movies of the year, but one of the best films I have ever seen.

2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve, one of the best working directors in Hollywood today. His previous work, including Sicario and last year’s Arrival, proved he is a talented director. However, in my opinion, this movie blows his previous work out of the water.

The cast is also great. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford are the stars here, with a supporting cast that includes Robin Wright and Jared Leto. Everyone in this film is incredible.

Gosling particularly deserves high praise as the the stand-out character in this film. He gives a performance that will be remembered for a very long time. Ford is also amazing and gives, in my opinion, the best performance of his career.

I hesitate to go into detail about the plot because I really want everyone to experience this film without knowing what to expect. It feels like many blockbuster films give away everything in the trailers. With this film, however, the trailer gives away nothing and that’s how it should be. Go in blind and enjoy the ride.

That being said, the real star of the show is the cinematography. Roger Deakins proves, once again, why he is the best cinematographer in the business.

The scenes are filled with amazing shots of Futuristic Los Angeles, wide open areas and great action. This is the best-looking film I have ever seen. The score, composed by. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch, is absolutely breathtaking and transports you right into this world without letting go.

I have tried to find flaws with this movie but, to be honest, I can’t find one. If I had to choose one error, it would only be that it runs a little long.
The film clocks in at two hours, forty-five minutes, which might be too long for some viewers. This film also is not for everyone and some might find it boring and tedious. However, I never felt that way. I didn’t want this film to end.

In the end, Blade Runner 2049 will go down as an instant classic. The CGI, the performances, the story and the score all make Blade Runner 2049 a groundbreaking masterpiece.
Never before have I been so moved and speechless about a film. I would recommend seeing this film on the biggest screen possible, so you can sit down and lose yourself in a film that you’ll leave you thinking.

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