By Ian Crow

Known as one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever made, Blade Runner also has one of the more fascinating histories of any film. Multiple cuts are available to buy and watch as Ridley Scott struggled to get his true vision out there. Many decades later, the final cut is out and Blade Runner is now regarded as a cult classic. Considered a box office bomb at the time, the overall product has gone on to inspire so many people, one being Denis Villeneuve.

The French-Canadian regards Blade Runner as his all-time favourite movie. In the face of directing a sequel to the 80’s classic, its clear that the director certainly had his work cut out from the start.¬†Transitioning over to English speaking films back in 2013 with Prisoners, Villeneuve has plowed through the last couple of years making great movies and showing each step of the way that he is continually improving as a film maker. After 2016’s hugely successful ‘Arrival’, it would seem taking on Blade Runner 2049 is another step toward cementing himself as one of the modern greats of cinema. Set 30 years on from the original, Deckard has been missing for the whole time and new young Blade Runner ‘K’ (Ryan Gosling), is trying to uncover a secret that has been buried for years. To discover the truth, he goes on the mission to find the former Blade Runner, Deckard (Harrison Ford reprising his role) to find the truth.

The cast is meticulously picked to really bring the A game. Ryan Gosling – the master of roles with not a lot of dialogue – uses facial expressions and body language that really resonate what the character is feeling throughout. Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Ana De Armas all give fantastic performances in their supporting roles. Personally this is one of my favourable performances from Ryan Gosling and the best for a long time from veteran actor Harrison Ford.

Denis Villeneuve. Well what can I say, not only has he delivered a mesmerising sequel to Blade Runner but he has blown it out of the water. While not being a massive fan of the original, I can honestly say that this new adaptation has given me a fresh perspective on the what the original stood for. This new Blade Runner uses the essences of the original and ramps it by what feels like a million! The visuals are stunning and something to behold on the big screen. What really makes it though is Villeneuve’s vision. He has brought back to life a story and injected a new level of awesomeness to the story. Every single part of Blade Runner 2049 looks spectacular. The colours, costume design and set design are one to behold.

I do believe that this will not be everyone’s cup of tea. You should watch the first film to really get the plot or any of the nods throughout the film. Clocking in at a whopping 3 hours, I have to admit, it may just be that little bit too long for my liking. It slows down ever so slightly in the middle but it picks up the pace very quickly towards the end. Even though it’s long, the visuals on screen had my jaw open all the way through.

I have to admit, Blade Runner 2049 is in my top two movies of 2017. It’s going to be incredibly hard to beat my top two which also includes Dunkirk. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch create an insanely good soundtrack to go along with the film. Staying close to the style of the original score by Vangelis, it’s an instant classic and one I can’t stop listening to.

I’m incredibly keen to watch it for a second time around as I know I will see so much more watching it again. It’s been a while where I’ve thought so much about a film and how it’s almost inspired me, too. Villeneuve has created an instant classic that is already causing me to fall in love with it. Even though I think it lagged for that tiny bit, it’s not enough to pull it away from getting a perfect score of 5 out of 5 stars.

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