Holy shit! What a great movie! If you're on the fence, please go see it. Fucking amazing.
From the get go, I was optimistic about it for one reason; Fury Road. George Miller proved that it's possible to resurrect a beloved franchise and actually make it better, when handled with the right amount of love. So I dared to hope.
Well, Villeneuve is now in the club. He did it. BR2049 was not afraid to take it's time and build atmosphere the way the original did with such relish. And in one crucial aspect, I believe that is was superior to the original, and that is the emotional content. Fucking movie fucks with your heart, bruh.
Gotta say -absolutely superb casting. Lots of interesting choices that totally pay off. Returning cast was brilliant, but newcomers nailed it just as much.
-Mackenzie Davis- brilliant in Halt and catch fire, and perfect for this film. Not to mention she looks just like Daryl Hannah did in the original.
-Shout out to Bautista. Proved that he was underused in Spectre. Give him a speaking role and a good script. He can do it.
-Ana de Armas -just wow.
-Robin Wright, Sylvia Hoeks, Carla Juri =all excellent. And honestly, more than just the human caricatures that populated the first film. They're haunting.
-Ford brought his A game. Thanks for that.
-I'm not always big on Gosling, but in this case, his talent for non-verbal projection was expertly employed. The parallel to his "Lars and the Real Girl" character would be hilarious if he weren't so damn good at throwing a newer equally meaningful spin on the old theme. Not just boy loves doll. But something more evocative and existential. Something about the nature of love that is for smarter more emotionally mature people to think about.
2049 isn't mired by the themes of the original. It does them honor by going to weird new places. Often beautiful.
Just go see it, if you haven't already. It doesn't suck.