Se­quel to clas­sic a vis­ual mas­ter­piece

South Burnett Times - - PULSE - KATHER­INE MOR­RIS

HOW do you make a se­quel to one the greatest cult clas­sic sci-fi films ever pro­duced?

Blade Run­ner 2049 re­vis­its the dark dystopian fu­ture world Ri­d­ley Scott cre­ated in the orig­i­nal and does not dis­ap­point.

It’s pro­duced by Scott and di­rected by De­nis Vil­leneuve who was be­hind films such as Prison­ers, Si­cario and Ar­rival.

Vil­leneuve has worked hard to give fans a film wor­thy of be­ing a se­quel to the orig­i­nal.

Thirty years after the orig­i­nal this se­quel fol­lows the story of a Blade Run­ner named K, played by Ryan Gosling, as he “re­tires” older repli­cant mod­els.

To say any more would ruin the riv­et­ing and sat­is­fy­ing nar­ra­tive for you.

This se­quel is a vis­ual mas­ter­piece, the at­ten­tion to de­tail to make this world 30 years on from that of when the orig­i­nal was set, is truly stun­ning.

But not un­ex­pect­edly, it was not so easy to make a vis­ual mas­ter­piece in 1982 as it is in 2017.

This film doesn’t an­swer all the ques­tions the first one raised, nor does it in­tend to, and au­di­ences will have more ques­tions than they did at the end.

The am­bi­gu­ity is one of this film’s great strengths.

But un­like the first, it gives too much away and treats the au­di­ence as a lit­tle dumb.

Jared Leto is a lit­tle too creepy to be taken se­ri­ously as the mys­te­ri­ous head of the Wal­lace Cor­po­ra­tion, which now de­vel­ops repli­cants.

The score, com­posed by Jóhann Jóhanns­son, Hans Zim­mer and Ben­jamin Wall­fisch is bril­liant if not in­dul­gent.

This isn’t the per­fect film. The orig­i­nal does move slowly, but in this se­quel it al­most moves at a glacial pace.

I just couldn’t help but feel, isn’t there any other story to tell? All Hollywood seems to be pro­duc­ing is se­quels.

What made the orig­i­nal the cult clas­sic it is, was that no­body had really seen any­thing like it. Was it nec­es­sary to re­visit this story?

There is plenty to ex­plore in the Blade Run­ner uni­verse and I’m sure this won’t be the last out­ing. ★★★✰

PHOTO: STEPHEN VAUGHAN

REVISITED: Ryan Gosling in a scene from the movie Blade Run­ner 2049.

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