BLADE RUNNER 2049 was a colossal disappointment. I'll start off with the things I liked. All of Denis Villeneuve's work is beautiful, even his films I didn't like, and this is no exception. It's visually stunning. Every frame is like a painting. Roger Deakins' cinematography is immaculate. I won't say who, but a character from the first film makes a brief appearance and it's the best CGI rendering of a human I've seen. The face was a bit off, but it still looked pretty damn good.
On a technical and visual level, the film is flawless. It's just a shame that everything else about BLADE RUNNER 2049 was so excruciatingly dull. I don't mind a slow burn, but I struggled to stay interested in the meandering, ponderous narrative, and it didn't need to be nearly three hours long.
Ryan Gosling is a terrific actor. I've loved him ever since I saw DRIVE. Giving a similar performance to his in ONLY GOD FORGIVES. Gosling has zero charisma as Officer K and did not make a compelling lead. It's a film you have to be in the mood to watch. It really takes its time to tell its story, and some people might love that. I did not.
If the story and characters aren't engaging and I'm not feeling anything, I can only appreciate its technical mastery for so long, and it didn't take long for me to get bored.
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