What are some of the greatest movies ever made?
Depending on the generation you grew up in, you might pick an Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick or even a Coen Brothers’ film.
But this new release is already proving to be one of the greats that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
Ridley Scott’s 1982 Blade Runner – based on Philip K. Dick’s 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was considered one of the most visually stunning movies ever made.
But it was also met with mediocre reviews and, over time, it became a science fiction cult classic.
Its sequel — Blade Runner 2049,which stars Ryan Gosling and also brings back Blade Runner’s protagonist, Rick Deckard, played by Harrison Ford –comes out this weekend.
This movie is already being hailed as a visual masterpiece, and blows the original out of the water – but to be fair, filmmaking technology has massively improved since the early 80s.
Calvin Wilson of the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote, “Blade Runner 2049 is not just a movie but an event. Don’t be the only human on your block not to see it.”
Michael O’Sullivan of the Washington Post wrote, “The special effects are impeccable, and include sequences that blur the line, evocatively, between what’s real and unreal.”
Brian Truitt of USA Today said, “Super-stylish and deeply human – even with androids and holograms around – the spectacular follow-up takes the detective story of the first film and turns it into a grand mythology of identity, memory, creation and revolution.”
Although Ridley Scott produces this sequel, Denis Villeneuve, who is known for The Arrival and Prisoners, sat in the director’s chair this time around.
But there is also a living legend who helmed the cinematography.
Roger Deakins has been nominated for 13 Academy Awards, and was the visual mastermind behind The Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men and Skyfall.
He’s been nominated 13 times, and not one win.
That’s either bad luck, or the Academy hates him for some reason.
But if the reviews are any indication, you can bet he’ll win for this one.
Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune said, “Will cinematographer Roger Deakins, having been nominated for an Academy Award 13 times, finally receive a damn Oscar? Yes. I hope it’s yes. It should be “yes.”
Blade Runner 2049 is a visually stunning masterpiece. Villeneuve and Deakins at their very best. A rare sequel on level with a cult classic. pic.twitter.com/7ChSHRZsmu
— Dharma Bhagalia (@Kloppholic) October 5, 2017
You can watch the trailer here.
— DMovies (@DMovies_org) October 4, 2017
Word has it that you don’t need to have seen the original, but it does help in understanding the movie a little better.