Year: 2017 Director: Dennis Villuenieve (spelling??)
Well now. This is a big event for me. The first film had a powerful effect on me and continues to draw me in for regular viewings. How does this long belated sequel stand up?
I won’t put any spoilers here – I’ll save that for the comments.
It’s achingly ‘worthy’, that’s the best way I can put it. Dennis Villenueve is a safe pair of hands as a director, and seems to intuitively understand that peculiar mix of futuristic dystopia and hard-boiled gumshoe feel that constitutes the Blade Runner world. The visual expansion of that world is expertly and sensitively handled – he keeps things moody and smoggy, with a stately, slow-moving camera. No complaints from me on that score.
The soundtrack is also as immersive as the first film, wisely using the same sound palette with a smattering of callbacks to the old key themes.
Overall, you can’t fault the effort that’s gone into this project. It clearly seems to have been a real labour of love and reverence.
But I have to say it left me a bit cold. It doesn’t help that it’s deathly dull. Slow-moving, with ponderous and brooding » Continue Reading.