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When the sequel exceeded the original: blade runner 2049

Posted by Jason on October 9, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Blade Runner 2049 is the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott's masterful original film, Blade Runner. The film is directed by Denis Villeneuve. It stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista.Similar to the original, this sequel combines the best aspects of a slow-burning art film with the explosive qualities of a late-summer blockbuster. With aspects of an old-Hollywood film noir, Blade Runner 2049 embraces the dystopian world of the original Blade Runner and goes beyond. There, of course, will be comparisons of Blade runner vs Blade Runner 2049. Let's look into those to see if the sequel movie is better.

Ryan Gosling plays Officer K, a LAPD detective who tracks down and "retires" ) old replicants. : bioengineered androids, almost indistinguishable from humans, who were manufactured as slaves, but got other ideas. This is the same job that Harrison Ford's character, Decker, did in the original. Officer K himself is a replicant, one that has been hardwired for compliance. This comes into play throughout the movie. It helps examine the human condition in a direction that the original didn't quite go. Although the 1992 Director's Cut of the original Blade Runner heavily implies that Deckard himself is a replicant, created to kill other replicant's, the original film doesn't quite explore this. This alone makes the sequel a more metaphysical, thoughtful film than the original.

It wouldn't be easy for any actor to take over the Blade Runner mantle from Harrison Ford, but Ryan Gosling's K instantly feels like an organic part of the Blade Runner universe.The time period of Blade Runner 2049 isn't set in a newly forged post-modern world, but the world of Blade Runner three decades on – almost, but not quite, real-time progress. Some of the futuristic aspects are still there, and the film has the same gritty look and feel of the original setting. There is more exploration of a wasteland outside of future L.A., which gives more depth to the sequel, and also to the original, as there is more explanation of the film's universe.

What makes Blade Runner 2049 better than Blade Runner? Many feel that the sequel movie is better. The topic of enslavement is more heavily explored, as is the aspect of the human soul. Replicant's inferiority to humans is discussed, and all of these leave moviegoers pondering their own condition. Although the politics of the movie is pretty apparent, it does not break the fourth wall and fits within the movie's storyline. As a commentary on the social condition of mankind, however, the sequel does a much better job than the original. In this respect, the sequel is better. It is thought-provoking and can spark discussions outside of the film theater.

Visually, Blade Runner 2049 is stunning. Cinematographer Roger Deakins has outdone himself in 2049. The movie's visual palette is so striking that you are almost disappointed when Villeneuve would cut away from a long, slow plan through the dystopian streets of Los Angeles to get back to the narrative. It seems like it would be difficult to top the visual aspects of the original Blade Runner, but with so many advances in filmography, it can be done. The most notable part of the visual effects is the restraint - the world of Blade Runner 2049 is very obviously the same world of the original Blade Runner. In an era of remakes and spin-offs of so many beloved Sci-Fi franchises, seeing the continuity between the original and the sequel is refreshing.

As far as a stand-alone movie, Blade Runner 2049 works just fine. It is more approachable to general audiences than the original Blade Runner and is a much easier, cleaner watch. While considerably longer than the original, the story zips along in a recognizable, noir-esque format, cutting away a lot of the drawn-out dialogue scenes that kept the original so slow and ponderous. This is a Blade Runner more conscious of its blockbuster status but still able to create a beautiful, dark and twisted futuristic world and poignant storyline. As far as a watchable movie, the sequel seems better than the original.

That Blade Runner 2049 is a more than worthy sequel to Scott's first film means it crosses the highest bar anyone could have reasonably set for it, and it distinguishes Villeneuve – who's masterminded all of this, somehow, since making Arrival – as the most exciting filmmaker working at his level today. Without spoiling too much, it's safe to say that 2049 is simultaneously a compelling sequel to the original Blade Runner, a worthwhile standalone sci-fi/mystery blockbuster, and a reintroduction to the dystopian Blade Runner universe that whets the appetite for more. Although everyone's taste is different, it is safe to say that the sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049, will not be disappointing.

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