I always thought a great movie was a wonderful way to usher in fall. BLADE RUNNER 2049 is spot on for this occasion—a moody flick that forces you to question what you really are. So, I’d like you to give this some thought, if not respect, especially because flicks like this come around only once in a while. It doesn’t matter if you’re a science fiction nut or not… only that you be human. Are you? How do you know?
BLADE RUNNER 2049
I’ll admit I’m a tad biased when it comes to sci fi flicks. This being the follow-up to a movie I worship, I could go on and on describing things I love about it: the brilliant, brilliant score (Ben Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer). The amazing cinematography (Roger Deakins) showing us the surreality of a future Los Angeles and Las Vegas, flickering images of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Liberace interweaving with bleak, foggy landscapes. The intriguing story which picks up three decades after the original, a world in which zillionaire Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) has created a line of nicer replicants—one of which is K (Ryan Gosling) (looking not for renegade replicants, but for a missing child). The fun concepts: K has a sexy holographic app (Ana de Armas) as his SO; the ads that take the form of gigantic gorgeous holograms—just a couple in an array of wonders. And most importantly, that this is far from the moronic save-the-world blockbuster swill that Hollywood vomits at us (oh yeah—there’s no saving being done here. It’s just a mystery in a dark new world).
But I still won’t be able to convey to you why you should see this. How shall I convince you? “I cannot tell you what the Matrix is. It must be experienced.” 🙂 2049 will leave you wondering if you really are alive. No doubt you know there are many among us who believe that in this life, we’re merely holograms in someone’s experiment, that our memories are artificial. So…
Harrison Ford is back as an older Deckard, in a very un-Star Wars- like persona. Fans of Robin Wright (Claire Underwood, House Of Cards) will be thrilled to see her here, and Sylvia Hoeks is bound to make an impression on you as Wallace’s enforcer. Other familiar names include David Bautista and Edward James Olmos. Overcoming the shadow cast by the stunning original is a gargantuan task, and director Dennis Villaneuve certainly tries hard to accomplish that goal. It does drag at bit, and it feels bloated at almost three hours. Plus, the original’s lure was that its appeal went far beyond the plot itself: it had philosophical questions that could never be answered. The sequel does not. Everything locks into place satisfyingly… and perhaps that is its greatest drawback. There are no iconic moments, and Roy Batty’s speech has not been outdone – not by a long shot. Still, I’d choose 2049 over any other flick this weekend. Here’s the trailer:
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
If you like to watch Idris Elba, this is a flick for you. It is in fact designed around Elba’s great looks. Honestly, that’s it. Alex (Kate Winslet) is a photographer trying to get to her own wedding, and Elba is a neurosurgeon who needs to get back to Baltimore. They’re on the same flight and it crashes in the mountains. And these two have to make it back to civilization. Throw two good looking people together in a crappy situation where they have to rely on each other, and there’s bound to be some lovin’ goin’ on. Unfortunately there’s not much else in the script, so… pass! But before you go, some great shots of the very handsome Elba:
That’s it for me, darlings. Now back to the blue pill. Tweet me! And perhaps I’ll see you at the movies!