THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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BLADE RUNNER 2049 (2017) 


Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.   Gosling is good yet stoic as the prototype blade runner of his era.  While it is certainly appreciated that the makers of this film came up with a story worthy of telling, the film errs in taking close to three hours to tell it.  This is my pet peeve with many films today – less is more!  When you pad a film with long, long flyovers and dramatic pauses, yes, you play to the fans of the original Blade Runner (of which I am one – I own the “briefcase’ edition which contains every version of the 1982 movie) but at the risk of disengaging others who are not as devoted to the original.  Oh and Jared Leto, featured in nearly every trailer and commercial for Blade Runner 2049, is barely in it (funny, kind of like the Joker, played by Leto was barely in Suicide Squad).  Maybe 40 minutes or so could have been edited from the mainstream release, and then it could have shown up in a “director’s cut” DVD. 

 A moment on Harrison Ford: while he’s good here as Deckard of 30 years later, I find it fascinating that Ford’s new career has him playing older versions of the iconic parts he’s played over the years (Deckard, Indiana Jones, Han Solo)?  What’s next?  “The Fugitive: On the Run from  AARP?”  “Still Frantic but on Meds?”  



TLA one word review: plodding


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