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    Anyone planning on watching this? Out next week and the reviews have been amazing. I thought a sequel to Blade Runner was not the best idea but maybe they've managed to make something worthy.
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    Ooooh, glad the reviews are good! I was hoping more than expecting this to be good. I still need to get MissH to watch the original then we're definitely going to the cinema for the new one.

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    It's interesting just how good the reviews are. It almost makes me wary. Sometimes when something is reviewed well critically, it ends up not being a favorite of the normal viewer. Was planning on seeing this anyway before the reviews came out, so at least they make me cautiously optimistic.

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    Just watched this tonight and it was interesting. I'm still trying to really get a grasp on how I feel about it because Blade Runner never felt like a film that needed a sequel. It's visually stunning and has some cool future tech porn which is hilariously combined with technology that feels closer to the original films idea of what the future would look like. You don't really need to see the original to understand the plot, but it does add to the lore with the film giving a few nice shout outs that are not too overwhelming.I would highly recommend the shorts that were produced to wet the fans appetite for the new film.

    My one real nitpick about the film is that anyone aware of the genre of cyber punk that the original popularized will not really find any new ground explored here. In fact the film's plot is very similar to a forgotten anime from the 90s that took heavy inspiration from the original Blade Runner. This is not a bad thing per se, but anyone hoping for a more original take on the genre might be disappointed if you're in the know of the type of stories that tend to run in these kind of things. There is a very awkward love story kind of thrown in, which I guess doesn't make it any different from the original in that regard, that feels a bit out of place in the story, but is so weird and "cyber punky" that it kind of works.

    Harrison Ford does a good job reprising his role as Decker and he's still an asshole. Ryan Gosling doesn't do a bad job with his role though his "neutral" face does sometimes look like he's deeply contemplating what he forgot on his grocery list. Sylvia Hoeks plays a pretty good an unhinged antagonist The rest of the cast is pretty good with special mention going to Jared Leto's seriously smurfed up god complex CEO. Of anything, his character deserved more screen-time.

    Blade Runner 2049 does promise us that we will be able to date Siri in the future.

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    Me and Mr. Carny watched it and we both loved it. Mr. Carny would even go as far to say he preferred it over the original. I'm not sure where I stand on that point yet.

    I will say going in, I thought it seemed suspiciously overhyped, but honestly it is just a fantastic film. It felt like a Blade Runner film, which I think was the film's toughest hurdle to leap.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Formalhaut View Post
    Me and Mr. Carny watched it and we both loved it. Mr. Carny would even go as far to say he preferred it over the original.
    I never did, you liar! I said "as good as", NOT "better than".

    Like Formy says, perhaps one of this film's big achievements is that it felt like Blade Runner, despite largely disregarding the first film's noir atmosphere in favour of leaning more heavily into cyber-punk and throwing in generous lashings of post-apocalypse. A lot of that was to do with a pitch-perfect aesthetic, which not only evoked the visual mood of the original, but also built upon it, sometimes in unexpected ways.

    In terms of acting, Ryan Gosling had moments where he convincingly expressed emotional intensity, but most of the time was just about getting away with that stoic-enigma thing that he's quite good that, whilst Sylvia Hoeks very successfully equalled Rutger Hauer's performance as an explosively violent antagonist whose quiet moments reveal an unexpected depth.

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    I enjoyed the movie. I'm still letting all absorb and percolate in my mind, but it felt like a worthwhile sequel.

    If you enjoyed the first one, I don't think you'll be disappointed. The biggest change is "The Blackout", which does give the universe a more post-apocalyptic feel. I feel they did a good job with it though.

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    Oh man the original is one of my top ten films and this is right up there. The film not only oozes style, but is genuinely touching, smart, and even profound at times.

    Avoiding spoilers, but there is one scene in this film that is genuinely jaw-droppingly good even if it's not especially vital to the plot. I adored it.



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    Overall it wasn't quite as deep as the original but it was a bit easier to follow. I saw it with some friends and they all preferred 2049. I liked the references to the book, such as the discussion about animals, despite this being an original story. Also lol at Atari still existing in the future.

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    Watched it yesterday and really liked it. The atmosphere was awesome and the slow pace contributed to it quite a lot. I don't want to make any unnecessary comparison, but there is a weird resemblance between the first GitS movie and the first Blade Runner and Innocence and BR 2049.
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