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Introduction: I did not see the previous rendition of Blade Runner; however, I do not think it is necessary to do so to enjoy or not enjoy watching Blade Runner 2049. To the promoters’ credit, there was minimal hype about the movie before it was released. There were rumors floating around that Harrison Ford would be in the movie which may be the draw for people to see it, especially if they are Star Wars or Indiana Jones fans.
Opening Scenes in Blade Runner 2049
The initial environment of sparse desert reminded me of the scenery in the movie Mad Maxx-Fury Road. Blade Runner 2049 is set in the future where certain people are singled out because they are in some way different from others. The fight scene at the beginning of the movie between the older man (Not Harrison Ford by the way) and the younger one -- Ryan Gosling -- was sad. Sad, because in my purview, the older man was not a threat or a bother to anyone, yet the movie starts with his ultimate destruction.
Acting Skills of Actors in Blade Runner 2049
Whenever I see a close up side view of Ryan Gosling on a movie screen, or even on TV, I am reminded of his starring role in one of his movies -- The Driver. Looks like for all it’s worth, Ryan Gosling’s acting skills have not improved since then as he presented the main character as emotionless and stoic. Spoiler Alert: Even during the part of the movie where he realizes that he may be human because of the discovery of a kid’s keepsake that was part of his memory -- Ryan Gosling did not show any emotions.
For the most part, Harrison Ford played his part adequately. In my opinion, another sad part was the erroneous impression that Ryan Gosling’s character had that Harrison Ford was related to him, when in actuality there was no relationship at all. Again, Ryan Gosling, in my opinion did not play his role well in this aspect.
Length of Blade Runner 2049 Movie
As you watch Blade Runner 2049, you may soon realize the movie is exceptionally long -- which it is. I think some of the scenes could have been cut and the movie would not have been negatively impacted. In my opinion, the director/writer could have brought in Harrison Ford’s character early on without wasting time providing all the visuals of the world that they inhabited. In fact, I think the connection of the kid’s keepsake in Ryan Gosling’s memory took overly long, as if the director thought the audience could not see the relationship between him being a real person or being inhuman.
Use of Holograms in Blade Runner 2049
Earlier I mentioned the desert environment in Blade Runner 2049. In addition to the desert surroundings in some areas, there were lots of holograms in specific locations. For example, you would see large holograms of individuals elevated throughout the city. There was also a bar scene, where Ryan Gosling met a romantic interest. Without spoiling what happens next, I think they took the transference of a living body to someone who was a hologram a little too far, and as such, even though different than what is usually seen in movies, this was not one of my favorite scenes. On a positive note, one of my favorite scenes was when Ryan Gosling’s character met Harrison Ford and they talked at length.
Assessment of Blade Runner 2049
If you are a fan of Blade Runner movies, you may enjoy this movie. As for me, I found the movie, as mentioned earlier, to be too long and the acting skills of Ryan Gosling left much to be desired. It was a disappointment to me that professional acting skills were not shown by Ryan Gosling in Blade Runner 2049. My advice to Ryan Gosling is that acting is similar to real life. In other words, acting should look and sound real -- even though you are acting. I’m not by any means giving acting lessons to Ryan Gosling, but I think a few more acting classes would benefit him since he seems now be carrying whole movies.
Rating of Blade Runner 2049
Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the highest, I rate Blade Runner 2049 two (2) stars.