Movie Review: Blade Runner 2049

Sometimes to love someone, you got to be a stranger.

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Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner. Directed by Denis Villenueve (Arrival), starring Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Ana De Armas, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford.

Set 30 years after the first Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 follows K, a Blade Runner set to find older model replicants. Along his finds he follows a dangerous path with a very dark secret.


The Good

One of the most striking aspect of the movie is the cinematography. This movie is gorgeous, from the misty cyberpunk cityscape of Los Angeles to the red desolate desert of Las Vegas, this movie looks incredible.

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Accompanying the great cinematography is the performances from some of your notable characters characters. Though one performance that stood out is Ana De Armas, who plays Joi who is very good in the film. However the CG that accompanied her character is also visually impressive.


The Bad

The movie is almost three hours long and unfortunately you feel the length of it. There are plenty of scenes that drag and some moments where there are plenty of talking. Though the movie is visually striking, there are scenes that are hard to get through due to it’s slow pacing.


Rating

Overall Blade Runner 2049 is a visual masterpiece. The cinematography of the movie is incredible and Roger Deakins who’s the director of photography will surely get nominated again for an Oscar and could possibly win it. Your performances are mostly decent and even characters with smaller roles played by Dave Bautista and Barkhad Abdi were great.

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However with the long running time this can be a tough movie to get through overall. But if you’re a huge sci-fi fan who enjoyed the first Blade Runner and doesn’t mind movies with slow moving pace Blade Runner 2049 is for you.

Good Bad 4.5/5
  • Incredible Visuals
  • Ana De Armas as Joi
  • Trippy Ménage à trois
    • Long Running Time
    • Unnecessarily Loud
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Movie Review: La La Land

How are you gonna be a revolutionary if you’re such a traditionalist? You hold onto the past, but jazz is about the future.

La La Land is a musical and the second film by Damien Chazelle it stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

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Emma Stone plays Mia a struggling actress in Hollywood and Ryan Gosling plays Sebastian a struggling pianist in Hollywood. They fall in love in the most romantic and gorgeous way.


The Good

Let me start off by saying that this movie is amazing, from the music to the dance sequences to the cinematography to the overall look. Damien Chazelle has outdone himself in an incredible way.

Both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were great and you can feel the chemistry between them. They are comfortable with each other from their duets to their dance sequences it worked really well on screen and both should be given credit with their performance.

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The dance sequences are also amazing as they appear to be filmed in one take, soaking you in as a viewer and keeps your eyes glued to the screen, Damien Chazelle did an incredible job filming the dance numbers and deserves a major award nomination at the very least.

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The film’s overall look is gorgeous, you can tell this is a love letter to the older musicals in the 60s. The colours are usually primary colours with deep saturation which makes it pop in the screen which makes every scene look like a painting. The film’s music is also a huge plus as we can tell that Damien Chazelle has a deep love for Jazz. Each song is memorable and lovely to listen to, it does make you appreciate the genre a bit more.


The Bad


Rating

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La La Land is easily one of the best movies of 2016 and for people who loves musicals, jazz and loves to dance this is for them. From the romance to the music to it’s characters, this movie rejuvenates the lost love for musicals. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were great and though you can tell they’re not singers, you can tell they had fun with this movie and it resonates to the audiences. La La Land is highly recommended for everyone.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Incredible Cinematography
  • Great Music
  • Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling