Blade Runner 2049: Cinematographer Roger Deakins wows you as Ryan Gosling takes centre stage.

In the future, what do you think the world is going to be like? Do you think self-thinking robots will take over the human race or are you waiting for the day that flying cars exist and are viable to purchase? I think technology will develop so much that humans will no longer have a purpose. Deep thoughts, I know but it’s always good to think about the future and what it would be like.

Blade Runner 2049 follows a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret that leads him to track down former blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) who’s been missing for thirty years. It’s a journey into a different world, set in the future where technology has taken over and new rules have been applied to live in peace on the planet. Will K’s (Ryan Gosling) journey affect his work or will he stay to his principles and do what he is meant to do?

The “future” has been depicted quite a lot recently with the likes of Logan and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets being released within the year of 2017 (admittedly, I am partially late to watching this film but let’s ignore that). However, Blade Runner 2049 continues on from the previous film Blade Runner, which was released in 1982, over 30 years ago. This makes it perfect timing for a sequel to be released. Harrison Ford has gained multiple wrinkles on his face and they have cast a much sexier lead for us to stare at in Ryan Gosling. Nevertheless, their performances are not what I take away from this film. I mean, Gosling pulled off the emotionless, man-made human-robot look very well, don’t get me wrong. Harrison Ford is like an old dog with a limp, you love him to pieces but surely it’s time for him to be put down to stop him from suffering. I don’t mean that harshly, I just think his acting days are over. He’s been good, but it’s time to let go.

Aside from the performances, the man that should be getting the praise for this visually stunning piece is Roger Deakins. A man nominated for a total of 14 Oscars, having previously worked on the likes of Skyfall and True Grit has never won any of the Oscar awards. Surely, this has to be his year. The man can’t be that unlucky to not win. Of course, there may have been justified reasons for him not winning the previous 13, but Blade Runner 2049 has to be the favourite to win. The colours burst from the screen, each scene is carefully articulated to fit the character’s profile, delicately brushing the light onto their faces. Colour is at the forefront of this film and that is down to Roger Deakins hard work within his cinematography and the editing that has gone into it afterwards.

A bad point to take away; the narrative could have been told within an hour and a half. Director Denis Villeneuve, you could have spared us the long takes of no dialogue and fascinating scenery and got straight to the point. It was dragged out over three hours and I found myself drifting off into an abyss. The only part that kept me awake was the bright explosion of colours. If it wasn’t for Roger Deakins, I probably would have fallen asleep. I may be missing something here, but I didn’t understand why it needed to be dragged out. Other than that, the film was a visual masterpiece, Deakins needs his award and I’ll be putting my bets down on him to win. Don’t let me down.

 

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