Blade Runner 2049

After seeing Blade Runner 2049, and reading reactions and reviews afterward, it seems to me that opinion varies, in part, based on on whether one believes the themes raised by a movie need only begin a conversation, or must of necessity conclude it.
I found the film to be an enjoyably contemplative experience (a rarity at its budget), and I also found the world building compelling. While dystopias seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days, I thought the extrapolation well thought out from the perspective of ascendant corporatism ruthlessly pursuing questionable technologies in a time of governance weakened by man-made and natural disaster, containing many threads worth examination that may be unhappily relevant in the coming years.
Besides finding the film visually engaging, I enjoyed that the plotting was that of a detective story, I particularly enjoyed how much went unsaid and unexplained in favor of visual cues and narrative hints, and I thought the performances throughout were exceptional. However, one of my more durable benchmarks for a successful film is whether or not Kaylynn and I spend our time discussing it, not just immediately afterwards, but days later. In this respect, it was definitely a success.
As someone who’s owned the original Blade Runner in every consumer video format except Betamax (yes, including Laserdisc), I found Blade Runner 2049 a surprisingly worthy followup to the original. I thought it a thought-provoking and evocative film, and I’ll take that over a tidily efficient screenplay that wraps itself up and effervesces from the mind any day.


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