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Everything About ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Is Voluptuous

Blade Runner 2049, a follow-up to 1982’s Blade Runner, is out. Todd McCarthy, film reviewer for the Hollywood Reporter, describes it as “a voluptuous mood bath.” While that’s almost offensively evocative, it does kind of capture the film’s look. Cinematographer Roger Deakins’ color palette is so lush that it seems to push forward even the original film’s classic aesthetic. If a viewer happened to be so drawn in by the pretty colors, they might even describe the movie as “voluptuous.”


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Also voluptuous are, apparently, Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford. Film reviewer for the Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern, writes, “Harrison Ford, for his part, is nothing less than a revelation.” A revelation, people. Harrison Ford’s performance is a revelation. He played the heck out of Deckard the first time around, but revelation is usually a word reserved for the performances of, say, Helen Mirren or, I don’t know, Colin Firth. Someone English. Someone not Harrison Ford.


Ryan Gosling, for his part, has been commended too. A. O. Scott of the New York Times writes:


Speaking of avatars of alienation, K moves through his days with the unhurried shuffle and downcast baby blues of Ryan Gosling. This is impeccable casting. Mr. Gosling’s ability to elicit sympathy while seeming too distracted to want it — his knack for making boredom look like passion and vice versa — makes him a perfect warm-blooded robot for our time.


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Critics are also loving the director, Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario, Prisoners), though some find him a little self-indulgent. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly criticizes how long Villeneuve made the film, but qualifies her criticism, saying:


But how could he not, when nearly every impeccably composed shot — a surreal six-handed love scene; a shimmering hologram of Elvis, hip-swiveling into eternity; a “newborn” replicant, slick with amniotic goo — feels like such a ravishing visual feast?


Whether you’re hungry for another Philip K. Dick adaptation after watching The Man in the High Castle or you really like Ryan Gosling or you’re in desperate need of a “voluptuous mood bath”, you’ll want to see Blade Runner 2049. And you’ll want to pick up the (really short) novel that started it all: Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


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