Like most fans of the cult sci-fi classic Blade Runner, I figured it was a long-shot that a sequel, 30 years after the original would be anywhere near as good as the first one. At worst I figured it’d be an embarrassment that could tarnish the memory of the original, and at best, just a forgettable and mediocre waste of time (like Godfather 3). But I was hopeful and the more I heard about it the more I anticipated seeing it. With that cast and crew lined up they really couldn’t screw it up. With legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, and director of Sicario and The Arrival, Denis Villeneuve behind the camera (and even original directory Ridley Scott producing), they couldn’t go wrong.
I avoided any reading any reviews beforehand because I wanted to see it with a clear and unbiased mind.
So I enjoyed it and have seen it about a dozen times. Visually it was stunning. The story and script and acting were top notch. And it looks great in 4K UHD by the way.
As far as the soundtrack goes, I had been excited to hear what composer Jóhann Jóhannsson was going to do with the score. I was disappointed when he was booted off the project and replaced with yawn… Hans Zimmer.
Zimmer is a great Hollywood composer but it seemed like a boring and predictable choice. However, as much as I would have loved to hear what the late Jóhann Jóhannsson could have done with 2049, Zimmer’s score fit the movie just fine. It’s reminiscent enough of Vangelis’ original Blade Runner score, while not hitting the viewer over the head by trying too hard to sound like it. So it sounds familiar and new at the same time.
I don’t know how far Jóhann Jóhannsson got with scoring 2049 before he got fired but I would love it if what he did was released at some point in the future.
That’s my only negative about 2049. I wish the producers had stuck with Jóhannsson to the end.
Unfortunately 2049 didn’t do very well at the box office, despite both critical and fan acclaim. So I doubt they’ll make a third one. But they really don’t need to.
I would like to see that four-hour version however that Villeneuve teased last year though.