Gosling Blade Runner

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.)

Any review of Blade Runner 2049 is by default a spoiler review. Warner Brothers and director Denis Villeneuve have gone to extreme lengths to keep the majority of details about their sci-fi sequel a secret, including limiting press screenings and issuing stern warnings to the press who did see the film to not reveal anything. This is both a commendable and unfortunate approach. While it’s true that movie marketing tends to give away too much for many films, and going into a film cold can make for a more rewarding experience, the tight-lipped approach to Blade Runner 2049 may have inadvertently doomed it at the box office. Audiences knew so little about the film from its less-than-engaging trailers that they simply didn’t bother to attend.

Which is a shame, because Blade Runner 2049 is one of the very best films of 2017, and one of the most staggering big studio releases you’re likely to come across. How on earth did Denis Villeneuve convince Warner Brothers to let him make a gigantic, foreboding tone poem and dress it up as a Blade Runner sequel? We may never know, and if the film continues to underperform, we may never get so lucky again.

So how about we dive into a Blade Runner 2049 spoiler review and talk about what makes this movie work so well?

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Denis Villeneuve interview

With Blade Runner 2049, which arrives in theaters 35 years after Ridley Scott‘s classic, Denis Villeneuve has pulled off no small feat. The filmmaker behind ArrivalIncendies, and Sicario has made a sequel that doesn’t stand an inch in the shadow of Scott’s masterpiece. He’s made this iconic depiction of the future feel as new and as awe-inspiring as the 1982 film.

Just like the original, every frame of Blade Runner 2049 is a visual marvel, which should come as no surprise considering the talent Villeneuve surrounded himself with on his largest film to date. The director reuinited with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins on the sequel, and together they’ve again crafted such dense, emotional and dazzling images and created a hypnotic atmosphere. When we spoke with Villeneuve, he told us about their work together, what original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott told him to keep in mind, and why Blade Runner 2049 is a more hopeful story than the original film.

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han solo death

The big debate around Han Solo may no longer be “did he shoot first?” but “was he supposed to die at first?”

The death of Harrison Ford‘s iconic sci-fi character reverberated throughout the Star Wars universe, affecting characters both new and old in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But the Han Solo death scene might not have happened if it was up to Disney. Because not only did killing Han Solo impact on his newfound mentee Rey (Daisy Ridley), his ex-wife Leia (Carrie Fisher), and his own son who did the deed Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), it also threatened to impact the Disney brand as well.

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blade runner 2049 trailer

Some characters are lost in time, like tears in the rain. But that’s not so with this veteran Blade Runner Los Angeles police officer, who makes a brief return in Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi follow-up, Blade Runner 2049.

The final Blade Runner 2049 trailer not only promises more story and details of the upcoming movie set to be released in theaters later this week, but a peek at a cameo from a returning character. You may not recognize his face, but you’ll surely remember those paper origami figures he’s so fond of making.

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The Morning Watch: ‘Blade Runner’ Edition

Blade Runner 2049 - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, we have videos that are entirely dedicated to discussing the original 1982 sci-fi noir Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott, and this week’s forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Below, the sequel’s director Denis Villeneuve talks about seeing the original for the first time, and you can find out some interesting trivia about the movie that you might not have known about. Plus, go behind the scenes of Blade Runner 2049 with an extensive featurette looking at the making of the movie. Read More »

Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 is hitting theaters this week, and the early buzz for the sequel 35 years in the making is off the charts, with some reactions saying that it just might be better than its 1982 predecessor. Fans will have to judge for themselves in a few days.

In the meantime, in case you haven’t heard, there’s an amusing story about an incident that happened during production. During one particular scene, Harrison Ford is meant to punch Ryan Gosling. Since this is a movie we’re talking about, that kind of stuff is supposed to be faked. But one take for this scene went wrong. On the set of Blade Runner 2049, Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling for real, and thankfully there’s glorious photographic proof for us to see it happen. Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 reviews

The wait was long but the reviews are in, and it’s official: Blade Runner 2049 was worth the wait.

Critics have heaped effusive praise onto Denis Villeneuve‘s visually stunning sequel to Ridley Scott‘s 1982 Blade Runner, calling it enthralling, profound, moody, and (gulp) better than the original. While its near three-hour runtime can cause audiences to balk — and indeed, caused the film to lose some points among critics — Blade Runner 2049 is apparently one of the best sci-fi blockbusters of the decade.

Read some of the Blade Runner 2049 reviews below.

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Gal Gadot - Mean Tweets - Morning Watch

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)

In this edition, check out a new edition of Jimmy Kimmel’s recurring Mean Tweets segment, featuring Gal Gadot, Michael Keaton, Kumail Nanjiani and more. Plus, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford talk about working together on Blade Runner 20149, and Honest Trailers takes aim at Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read More »

Blade Runner 2049 early buzz

When Blade Runner 2049 was announced, many cinephiles reacted with suspicion. Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film is one of the staples of the science fiction genre, and one that posed a long-term question – is Deckard a replicant? – that geeks have been arguing about ever since. But a sequel? Now? Really? Then Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Enemy) signed on to direct, and he brought legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins with him. The tide began to shift. Fans were still hesitant, but there was some hope.

Now, the first reactions to the film have hit the web, and they’re wildly positive. Has Villeneuve done the impossible and delivered a new sci-fi classic? Read the first Blade Runner 2049 early buzz below.
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Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking

Tickets for Blade Runner 2049 went on sale this week, two weeks before the sci-fi sequel’s October release. And with those first sales, box office tracking services have predicted that Blade Runner 2049 is set to rake in more than $40 million on its opening weekend.

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the fall’s most anticipated movies, but it’s still to be seen whether that initial interest can drive the film to make up for its hefty production costs. Hit the jump to learn more about the Blade Runner 2049 box office tracking.

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