I saw a gif set on Tumblr, a scene between Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, that peaked my interest in watching this film. I went into it knowing that it was going to bore me, judging my exhausted feelings from watching the first film. I spent most of this film trying to figure out what I needed to understand. Why should I care about this story? Am I watching 'K' (Ryan Gosling) move in this world or the story of him discovering his feelings as a Blade Runner? Most of the film I don't even know Ryan Gosling's character's name. For that matter most of the characters' names.
I'm reading "Electric Dreams" by Philip K. Dick. While "Blade Runner 2049" is not in that collection, I am in awe of the vision he created decades before its time. The world he created looks nothing like we are living in now. This film is still visually captivating. Composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch form a score that is more like sounds. The whizzing of the car as it flies through the sky. Graphics illuminating on the skyscrapers.
Jared Leto give a good performance in a excellent ensemble. Even in his almost whisper through that luscious beard. Ana de Armas gives phenomenal emotion for being a robot simulation of a woman (See? I don't even know what she is). Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista, Wood Harris, Lennie James and Barkhad Abdi are a part of the excellent ensemble. The latter three made me happy when I saw them onscreen. Ryan Gosling continues to establish himself as a leading man with solid chemistry with Harrison Ford, who gives an outstanding return to his character. Robin Wright is captivating. Sylvia Hoeks is commanding.
I have come to associated Denis Villeneuve's films to be striking, alarming and quiet all in the same film. I cannot not think of many films that can exhilarate and bore me in the same viewing.