Thursday, October 12, 2017

MOVIE | BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017)

One of the most anticipated movies this year has finally came to the theaters all around the world and I'm pretty sure, if you're a movie geek like I do, you already watched the film. I already watched it multiple times and still craving for another movie night out. That's how good this movie is. You want to watch it over and over and over.

Blade Runner 2049 is a cinematic miracle! This movie reminds me why I love movie, the pleasure of watching a movie, the joy of analyzing it, the satisfaction of writing a review. The movie that brings so much gratification in every moment of it. 

I have no words that possibly can explain how much I adore - no, worship this movie. This is that one movie which is perfect from every form: storywise, casting, cinematography, visual effects, sound mixing, directing, costume design, original score. This movie is everything I want in a futuristic themed movie.

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) is obviously something to die for, but this one, however, in the hands of Denis Villeneuve, the second installment became the magic of cinema. Although it supposed to be a sequel, this movie actually its own movie. This movie doesn't relying on the first movie. From the first aerial shot with the perfect score from the one and only, Hans Zimmer, we already know this movie will last forever. It's not something that is easy to forget, it will be extremely impossible.

Okay, let's begin. Shall we?

Takes time 30 years after the first movie, Blade Runner 2049 centered in K (Ryan Gosling) and his perspective about the world. He is a LAPD employee whose job is to chase down the old model of replicants such as Nexus 8. Well, he's a blade runner for sort. It's impossible to explain this movie without spilling the tea, but the best way I can explain is we see the movie from his perspective and some sort of being in his world. The politics, modern alienation, the sensitivity of faith, and most important thing, the search of humanity within robots and humans, everything we need to know and feel in a complete package. Some people might be agree with me that in terms of storywise, this one better than the first. Some people might be disagree, might be think this movie is quite boring. It's okay. Every movie has two edges and that's the art of movie perspective.

I have to say, the casting is impeccable! Ryan as K is everything we need just like Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard. They both have two of the best characters ever created. Although we don't see much Deckard in this movie, he still is memorable character in view. K is very human as a synthetic human. He has this curiosity to find humanity inside him and Ryan is perfectly show the rollercoaster of emotions in this movie that make us, as audience, faithfully feel what he feels. Another character that is still haunting my mind is Joi (Ana de Armas), an artificial intelligence application or let's say a hologram girlfriend of K who is very devoted and has so much faith in K. She's more human than the real humans in this movie. Mr. Villeneuve fills this movie with such a depth of physiological intensity in the most artsy way.

Moving on to the movie production, this movie is obviously the best looking movie I've ever seen so far. The art of cinematography here is one of the best, such a feast to the eyes. The great relationship between the director and the cinematographer is shown with how beautifully done the movie is. The aerial shots, the camera movement, the filters, the focal length of scenes, everything involves in the story and has important part of it. For example, the depth of camera focus delivers the character's sentiment to the audience. This movie is so fixated to the eyes.

As much as I love this movie, I have one problem with it. There are some scenes that are sexualized women. I mean, it could be better without making woman images like that. Well, just an opinion.

Overall, I don't think I will ever recovered from this movie. Blade Runner 2049 has story to tell and it's brilliantly spoken. One of the best cinematic experience of my life. An aesthetic masterpiece! 


  1. you're so smart! most people reviewed this movie in most pretentious way and so hard to understand but yours is super fun to read! love it!

  2. completely agree with everything you said!

  3. always love the way you review a movie! i'm down with your blog girl! great work. wondering what's your thought on call me by your name?

    1. thank you, Irene! I haven't watch the movie yet but I love the book. it's beautifully written, André Aciman's writing style is no doubt one of the greatest.

  4. I imagined if you read this review, your voice would be very soothing and calming and i'd love it as much as i love ryan!

  5. can we watch movie together sometimes? you seem a fun person to hang out with!


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