Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy sequel to a legendary movie. While not flawless, it improves upon all of the themes from the first movie, while bringing its own themes that are even more relevant to today, such as Humanity’s place in a synthetic world.
The cinematography was amazing and better than the original. It’s easily Roger Deakins’ finest work. I greatly appreciated the use of miniatures. And not just the cinematography, but the visuals in general were mesmerizing. The scene with the double bodies is one of the most beautiful scenes I’ve ever seen. The shots of broken-down Vegas were striking in contrast to the over-populated, dirty city of LA.
The acting was amazing from everyone, especially Harrison Ford. This was one of the best performances of his long career, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was nominated for best supporting actor.
The characters all had amazing arcs, especially K’s. It was pure poetry. The villain was really great too, he had minimal screentime but his presence was felt throughout.
The sound design was impeccable. From the sound of K’s gun, to the ocean waves crashing against a fallen ship, it immersed you.
The themes brought by this film are almost as complex as the plot itself. You really have to think hard while watching. The way certain arcs mirror the first film’s is pure genius on the writer’s part.
The music was great in certain scenes, but seriously lacking in synth and over-compensating with bass. At times the screen shook. For most of the film it just felt like the score didn’t fit. The music in the first was far superior.
The world felt too empty. The scenes in the city felt like they were filmed on a soundstage and not an actual dystopian cyberpunk city, which is what the first film excelled at.
It also moved very sluggishly. I had trouble focusing at times, it didn’t entrance me the way the first did. Rather than giving you time to breathe, it made you bored with the slow pace.
All-in-all, an amazing sequel to the first, and a great movie on its own. Hopefully it gives birth to the slow-burn blockbuster. Highly recommended to fans of slow movie, the original Blade Runner, and filmmakers.
AdMech vs Ultra Marines (I think? 7th ed force making transition)
Eternal War ~ Retrieval Mission
Hammer & Anvil Deployment ~ 2000pts
A li'l table time before Apocalypse on Saturday to shake off some of the painted mini syndrome on the new additions to my Admech.
Well-balanced, fairly-fluffy battle with an always great opponent. Piece trade was evenly matched, objectives well ensconced - we called it a draw at Turn 5 due to the balance and time/blood sugar 😇 - although I would have been relying heavily on dice while he had more tactical options and command points left.
I need to get a new mat for playing at this particular shop - I kinda loath those old green things.