[Review] Blade Runner 2049 (2017) – by Thomas Mariani

Thanks to the aggressive marketing from Warner Brothers, it is no secret that Harrison Ford returns as Rick Deckard in Blade Runner 2049 (2017) from director Denis Velleneuve (Arrival). In the sequel three decades in the making, Ryan Gosling stars as K, the next generation of Blade Runner. Thomas Mariani steps in to review the latest theatrical sci-fi epic with an enthusiastic and insightful extra-length look at the film, the cinematography, the story, and the best excuse for “Gosling’s wooden performances” ever. Yeah, only as Thomas Mariani can. Check out the review below.

Blade Runner 2049 (2107) (4 / 5)

Director: Denis Villeneuve

Writers: Michael Green and Hampton Fancher (based on the characters by Philip K. Dick)

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, and Jared Leto

 

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. A native of the (less) swampy parts of Florida, Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and the basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Some of his favorite horror films include Evil Dead II, Poltergeist and An American Werewolf in London. He already has experience writing and podcasting about pop culture, which you can read/listen to on sites like www.oneofus.net, www.horrornews.net or even on twitter as @NotTheWhosTommy.
  • john may

    I’m not onboard with Thomas giving this a 4/5. It was a 3/5 at best. What made the original blade runner an outstanding film was the visuals and the character performances. I even liked ford’s narration in that one because he did it so well. If you are watching a non-narration version, his character comes off a lot more flat. It was a compact film that hit all the notes right in 2 hours of running time. The character performances aren’t there in the new film. Gosling is wooden and ok he is a replicant but if you are going to invoke a change in him, there should have been more of a character shift. Most of the other performances, outside of k’s girlfriend, are not memorable- especially robin wright who may as well been a replicant she was so flat. Doc was right when he said convoluted story, it sure was. No Reason this film needed to be close to 3 hours long. But it did have a lot of unnecessary scenes, like the replicant resistance which felt like a junk scene out of the matrix reloaded. Unlike its predecessor which had a shorter running time and great acting, this one was a meandering mess with very little payoff -even k’s end battle and death was just sort of there. I don’t hate this film but to give it a 4? It’s middle of the road outside of visuals.