“Blade Runner 2049,” the sequel 35 years in the making, will finally hit theatres October 6.
According to most critics, Denis Villeneuve’s revamped addition to Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” is a beautiful masterpiece, and worthy of your two hours and forty-four minutes (the length of the film). One critic even said that Villeneuve has elevated “mainstream moviemaking to high art.”
The film has already received an 87% score on Metacritic, and despite a few critics who feel that nothing can compare to the original “Blade Runner,” most agree that “2049” is a “visual feast” that you don’t want to miss.
Here’s what critics are saying about “Blade Runner 2049”:
'For 'Blade Runner' junkies like myself, who've mainlined five different versions of Ridley Scott's now iconic sci-fi film noir -- from the release print to the Director's Cut and the Final Cut (the last two minus that voiceover Scott and Ford hated) -- every minute of this mesmerising mindbender is a visual feast to gorge on.'
'Villeneuve earns every second of that running time, delivering a visually breathtaking, long-fuse action movie whose unconventional thrills could be described as many things -- from tantalising to tedious -- but never 'artificially intelligent.''
'That cyberpunk vision remains just as alluring 35 years later, and 'Blade Runner 2049' could have merely roamed those streets with the same chiaroscuro imagery and delivered a satisfying taste of the same familiar drug. Instead, director Denis Villeneuve goes beyond the call of duty, with a lush, often mind-blowing refurbishing of the original sci-fi aesthetic that delves into its complex epistemological themes just as much as it resurrects an enduring spectacle.'
'That 'Blade Runner 2049' is a more than worthy sequel to Scott's first film means it crosses the highest bar anyone could have reasonably set for it, and it distinguishes Villeneuve -- who's masterminded all of this, somehow, since making 'Arrival' -- as the most exciting filmmaker working at his level today'
'Despite its flaws, one thing about Blade Runner 2049 is most welcome: it is trying to be about something. It is trying to be deep, rich, and complex. We've grown so used to lowest-common-denominator blockbuster cinema that it's almost shocking to watch a big science-fiction movie, featuring these kinds of stars, swinging for the fences in this way. It's hard not to be impressed by, and a bit grateful for, the ambition and care evident in every frame.'
'Villeneuve, one of the few filmmakers working today for whom the word auteur doesn't sound like an unearned affectation, may have fallen a little too in love with his own creation; at two hours and 40 minutes, aesthetic shock and awe eventually outpace the narrative. But how could he not, when nearly every impeccably composed shot -- a surreal six-handed love scene; a shimmering hologram of Elvis, hip-swivelling into eternity; a 'newborn' replicant, slick with amniotic goo -- feels like such a ravishing visual feast? Even when its emotions risk running as cool as its palette, '2049' reaches for, and finds, something remarkable: the elevation of mainstream moviemaking to high art.'
'I imagine most audiences will like the film, though it has nothing as striking as Hauer's morbid majesty or the screaming-dervish demise of Daryl Hannah's Pris. There's nothing close to the shock of seeing 'Blade Runner's' Tokyo-influenced futuristic dystopia -- a dismal mix of high-tech and corrosion -- for the first time. I thought it was ok.'
'Ridley Scott's 1982 classic 'Blade Runner' popularised the cyberpunk movement (a gritty mix of neo-noir and hardcore sci-fi) back in the day, but '2049' (**** out of four; rated R; in theatres Oct. 6) perfects it. 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.'
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