Saturday, 24 March 2018

BLADE RUNNER 2049 (film) is visually stunning, but boring

BLADE RUNNER 2049 - 2017
Director: Denis Villeneuve.
Cast: Ryan Gosling / Harrison Ford / Jared Leto / Robin Wright
Score: Hans Zimmer / Benjamin Wallfisch
Cinematography: Roger Deakins
Content Advisory: R for very grisly images, language, sexuality, and nudity.
Source: Rented.

A young blade runner's discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who's been missing for thirty years.





I didn't watch the first Blade Runner movie, but after all the Oscar nominations and buzz this film earned, I had to see it.


The best thing - by far - about this movie, is its production. The visuals are breathtaking. The cinematography is pure art. The scenography is impeccable. The sound editing is excellent. All in all, this film is a feast for the eyes, and a work of art to behold. It's gorgeous.

But the writing isn't so hot. The dialogue is good, yes, and the frequent absence of dialogue is effective, but the plot drags. I was confused, and I was so completely and utterly bored out of my mind. The action is too stop-start, and the scenes fluctuate in intensity which allows you no time to actually connect to the characters' arcs. The scenes just need to get focused. The plot's progression needs to be neater, and those scenes need some purpose. Some direction.




The acting is mediocre. Ryan Gosling's solid, but he's extremely wooden. Harrison Ford is sorely underused, and only turns up right near the end of the film. Jared Leto spends about fifteen minutes on screen, and Robin Wright is wasted. The cast deserves better.

After it's release, this movie received severe backlash from audiences who accused Denis Villeneuve of cruelly exploiting the female characters in the film and keeping to the original film's rampant sexism. And yes, without a doubt, the women in this movie are treated disgustingly; they're constantly objectified and brutalised, from crudely nude hologrammed women in the streets, female robots (called Jois) who are sold to men as their own personal playthings and who dress and act according to the male's needs, and there's even a scene where Jared Leto's character literally rips into the stomach of a woman as she trembles, naked and vulnerable, in front of him. It's horrific to say the least.
However, is the sexism there to prove a point? Is it there to show a glimpse of a terrifying future that might one day be a reality if we continue to dehumanize and devalue women? I've read articles on both sides of the argument, and I'm honestly not sure what to think. On one hand - on surface level -  Villeneuve is being extremely sexist, but on the other, he could be sending an uncomfortable message - a warning. The misogynistic society he's portraying could be there to show precisely how wrong it is. He even commented on the whole controversy HERE.
What do you think?




Blade Runner 2049 is a visual masterpiece. But the script is monotonous, the characters dull, and the real acting talents underused. It's a boring film, offering a glimpse of a potential future we've seen too many times before.


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