‘Blade Runner 2049’ was directed by Denis Villeneuve and is part of the Blade Runner film series. It tells the story of ‘K’, a young blade runner, who uncovers a long-buried secret which leads him to track down an ex-blade runner who’s been missing for 30 years.
This film definitely deserves an award for best cinematograph/production design, because the visuals are so impressive and spectacular. The color palette is so beautiful, I love how the director chose to switch from cold toned to warm toned from one scene to another [blue vs orange, like in the poster]. I love how they played with the lights and shadows, using for example water, it makes the visuals more intriguing and aesthetically satisfying. On top of that, this movie does a great job at highlighting the location; the destroyed cities, the gigantesque monuments, the advanced technology and so forth.
The sound design is the second thing that I loved in this film: the soundtrack suits very much with the context [futuristic/apocalypse], it’s very disturbing but not in a bad way and it enhances the emotions of each scenes. Furthermore, the silent moments and use of only diegetic sounds are on point: these silent scenes [no dialogues and no background music] are very well done, they make the scenes even more dramatic and intense and don’t feel awkward whatsoever.
Concerning the story, the plot moves very very slowly and is light on dialogues. It is well-constructed and takes its time to unleash informations about a character and events. I love the fact that the story is not based on dialogues, it is more based on actions, hence, if the character doesn’t need to talk, he does not. I think this decision makes the film more intriguing and even slower.
The fighting scenes are not numerous [thank god!] and are very well done. They are not superficial or over-done and they are not accompanied by a dramatic background music [which makes it more realistic, in my opinion]. In general, I like how those scenes were executed.
Concerning the acting, it is very believable and genuine, the actors relied a lot on their facial expressions and movements to express their intentions/feelings and in my opinion, this is called acting!
In conclusion, this film is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is definitely a must-watch and is worthy of an oscar. If you don’t mind that the film is 3 hours, go watch it, NOW!
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