Blade Runner 2049 box office

This just in from the This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Department: Blade Runner 2049, the existential sci-fi tone poem sequel from Denis Villeneuve, was such a box office disappointment that it faces an $80 million loss for its producers. Chalk this up to a case of history repeating itself, as the original Blade Runner wasn’t a huge hit upon its initial release either, only to eventually earn a cult classic status.

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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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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 »

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saturday night live papyrus

Typography doesn’t sound like it has any latent comedic potential but throw in a wearied Ryan Gosling in a noir-inspired Saturday Night Live digital sketch, and suddenly, you’ve got comedy gold.

The hilarious SNL “Papyrus” skit was such a brilliant takedown of the Avatar font that we’ve spotlighted it twice on our site. But the conspiracy surrounding this oddity of a font choice is not yet done — we’ve now got the enigmatic creator of the Papyrus font finally chiming in about its public skewering, and how he feels about Ryan Gosling becoming his No. 1 enemy.

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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 »

Morning Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy 2 VFX Reel

(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, the best sketch from the season premiere of Saturday Night Live features Ryan Gosling haunted by James Cameron‘s apparent lazy use of a certain default word processor font for the Avatar logo. Plus, a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 visual effects reel won’t let us unsee how creepy Rocket Raccoon looks without fur (or even skin), and we find out how many times Viggo Mortensen almost died on the set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Read More »

Saturday Night Live - Ryan Gosling

Last night, Saturday Night Live kicked off their 43rd season with host Ryan Gosling returning for his second time as host. Gosling’s first time hosting SNL resulted in some fantastic sketches, and while there were a couple sketches that were truly great, the season premiere overall felt rather lackluster. The cast certainly put their best foot forward, but this episode felt like a shaky beginning for the late night sketch series.

The good news is Kate McKinnon continues to prove why she won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Ryan Gosling is adorable when he can’t stop giggling (which happened a lot this time), and Emma Stone popped in for a hot minute. Join us below as we run through the best and worst sketches from the Ryan Gosling-hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

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 »