5 reasons to see Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049 is a definite must see for many reasons. The sequel 30+ years in the making stars Ryan Gosling as Officer K, a young replicant Blade Runner whose discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former Blade Runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who's been missing for thirty years. Even if you haven't seen the original 1982 masterpiece, there's plenty to enjoy in Blade Runner 2049.
If you're on the fence about seeing it, check out our list below of reasons you need to see this long-awaited sequel!
1. The Blade Runner Universe
Many fans of the original 1982 masterpiece fell in love with the futuristic world that depicted a dystopic Los Angeles in 2019. Director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth created a world that was dark and bleak yet beautiful. From the rainy streets filled with oddball characters suspiciously walking around under the flashing neon street lights to Decker's heartbreaking shoe box of an apartment filled with dust illuminated by the flying cars outside his window, we couldn't look away! And this time around with the sequel, Director Denis Villeneuve and Cinematographer Roger Deakins masterfully put you back into this world.
2. The Music
Music is such an essential element to any great movie. Composer Vangelis’ haunting soundtrack in the original Blade Runner film is considered to this day to be one of the greatest scores in sci-fi history. So it's no surprise that Villeneuve hired legendary film composer Hans Zimmer to bring his magical touch to the sequel. The new soundtrack samples Vangelis’ music from the original (which is awesome) but also goes down its own path while evoking the emotional journey of the film and does not disappoint.
3. The Return of Deckard
The original film ended with a fearful Harrison Ford on the run with his replicant lover Rachel, played by Sean Young. Ford returns thirty years later in this and we find out what exactly happened to the two. It's a large part of what this movie is about and it's very cool to see our endearing hard-drinking Deckard back on the big screen. It evokes similar feels to seeing Mark Hamill return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Also, without spoiling Blade Runner 2049, there are a couple other goosebump-inducing cameos from the original who make appearances.
4. Ryan Gosling
Who doesn't love this guy? On top of his game, Gosling's performance is great and he carries this almost 3-hour film in almost every scene. It's interesting that Denis Villeneuve cast Gosling - obviously, he is a great actor and easy on the eyes but there is something else. His boyish looks definitely play into his storyline in this film. He's a character who's multifaceted: he's a professional Blade Runner who doesn't ask questions and ruthlessly retires replicants, but he has dreams and a vulnerable side. The film takes a storytelling trope with Officer K that could feel tired, but instead surprises you. Also, watching Ryan Gosling have an emotional breakdown is glorious.
5. Denis Villeneuve
As mentioned above, director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Arrival) did an amazing job re-creating the Blade Runner world. But it's more than that. This Canadian storyteller is quickly being considered one of the best film directors of this decade and any true movie fan can appreciate what we are currently witnessing. Not any director can pull off what Villeneuve managed to do with 2049, taking on a beloved piece of pop culture and adding on to it while maintaining the mood and tone of the original.
Blade Runner 2049 brings back the magic of the original and does an incredible job of expanding the universe for the fans who have waited thirty long years to go back into its dark, beautiful world with a new pair of replicant eyes.
Worried you won't remember enough of the original to make the sequel watch-worthy? Check out our quick refresher that tells you all the essentials in less than 2 minutes: