Blade Runner 2049 First Reaction
Let us set the stage first.
The original Blade Runner film was released 1982 to low box office numbers and mixed critical reviews across the board. Time, however, has a way of weeding things out and letting only the best continue to stand, and over the course of 35 years and seven different cuts of the film, Blade Runner proved to be one of the best science fiction movies ever and the greatest cyberpunk movie of all time.
So, of course, the bar was set extremely high for director Denis Villeneuve, who himself is a huge Blade Runner fan, who knew that fans like him would watch the sequel with a high attention to detail and scrutiny.
And just looking at the cast and crew, you can tell the studio knew that too, hence them bringing together the best team they could for this project. Stretching from one of the original writers for the first movie, Hampton Fancher, to bringing on one of this generation's greatest actors, Ryan Gosling, in the leading role.
The pieces were set, but, did they pull it off?
In short, yes.
I knew I was going in overhyped for this film and because of that in the few minutes walking out of the movie theater I was the tiniest bit let down. But given time, I saw myself continual thinking over the film just like the first one, and, though, with a few flaws, this was the best sequel Denis Villeneuve could deliver.
The small flaws I had trouble with are tied to spoilers so I will refrain from discussing them. They don't hurt the overall plot, and it makes sense, but it seemed to just fall into similar unoriginal tropes that haunt blockbuster movies. However, even seconds after it happens the film quickly refocuses and still lands the ending beautifully.
Beyond that and too much nudity for my taste, the rest of the film is fantastic!
Before going into the good stuff, I should point out something that some people will notice if they watch it and may be turned off by and that is the pacing. Like the movie it follows, this isn't an action pack film. It takes its time, which I love but I know some won't, which I may talk about in another blog, but for now, on to the good stuff about the film.
Ryan Gosling does another Oscar-worthy performance; the man knows how to act with his eyes. Harison Ford also gives the best performance of his career and all the supporting cast, known and unknown, blow it away. Jered Leto's performance is strange but fits the character.
Han Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch do an incredible job with the score. Creating a unique sound but paying homage to the original theme at the perfect moments.
The cinematography, done by Roger Deakins, is his greatest work and his most Oscar deserving yet. You know this within the first minute of the movie and the brilliance he puts into it. It's beautiful!
Along with the rest of the talented crew, Denis Villeneuve was able to pull off a proper sequel to a sci-fi classic. Continuing and expanding the thought-provoking themes while leaving questions from the first one ambiguous. Broadening and advancing the scope of the world we left but keeping it, for the most part, focused on a single character and themes that made the original Blade Runner stand the test.
If you love the original, you will definitely enjoy this movie that I believe will hold up like its predecessor did when time starts to weed on it.
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Sometimes By JD Clayton Review
I have never done a song review so bear with me on this one
Sometimes is the debut single of local Fort Smith singer and songwriter JD Clayton that may surprise you by the sound.
I have sadly never heard Clayton live but had heard bits and parts of his acoustic covers a long time ago. That is what I was expecting but was pleasantly surprised by the chill sounds of a bass, slow electric guitar, and maracas, I think. I do not have a single musical bone in my body so my apologies if I miss interpreting some of the instruments. But it is an excellent sound for slowing down at the end of the day or a sunny Saturday drive.
The song sets a nice chill vibe that goes well with his voice as he sings about moving on and the varieties that life will lead you. He sings to a girl that seems to be in a valley of life and encourages her to keep moving on. However, I enjoy that in the chorus while he sings about being strong while moving on he follows it up with "Sometimes you're going to be wrong." This one line is my favorite line in the whole song as while the song encourages the listener, it also points out that they will be wrong, but you got to keep moving on.
In the end, if you have an extra dollar, or wondering who to listen to on Spotify now, you should give this song a go. I look forward to when this single is on his first album.
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