The original Blade Runner film is arguably one of the best science fiction films of all times. Can a sequel 35 years later live up to that?
This morning on Good Morning, America, a portion the latest trailer for the movie premiered and if the movie is as good as the trailer (I know, I know…they never are) Blade Runner 2049 will be a visually stunning ride. Have a look. We’ll talk on the other side.
When I think back to the original movie, Harrison Ford isn’t even the best part of the film. The movie had a feel to it, from the stunning visual elements, to the incessant advertising that was part of the production design, to the music and even the way lines were delivered. This trailer shows that director Denis Villeneuve wanted to make a film that was true to then director, now Executive Producer, Ridley Scott’s, original noir vision. The visual elements are equally as beautiful, with city design that towers over the actors and flying cars, giving them a look of insignificance and hopelessness, that was equally as important to the 1982 original.
There is no doubt that this cast is equally as stacked as the original. In the 1982 version, Ford, Darryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, William Sanderson and Edward James Olmos were all fantastic in their roles, delivering a film that was stylistically challenging to act. In Blade Runner 2049, those are replaced by equally as impressive Ryan Gossling and Robin Wright, with both Harrison Ford, who seems to be wrapping up all his old franchises in some sort of Farewell Tour, (Star Wars, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones), and Edward James Olmos reprising their roles. I’m no fan of Jared Leto, but I’ll admit that the bit we see in the trailer holds out hope for me, that maybe he can be not so Jared Leto. I did notice, as well, that there are Sean Young and Darryl Hannah look-a-likes in the trailer. Looking forward to seeing what roles they play.
Blade Runner 2049 was one of my most anticipated films of the year, and this trailer only ramps up my enthusiasm. It is a tough ride to even hit the same level as its source material, which is certainly on my list (which I haven’t written yet) of the 10 Best Sci-fi Movies of all times. That’s a lot for 2049 to live up to.
What did you think of the trailer? What did you think of the original ? What do you think of Hollywood making all these reboots and long distant sequels? Will it be as good as the Baywatch reboot? Leave me a comment below.
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