Blade Runner 2049

I just finished watching Blade Runner 2049 and honestly did not enjoy watching it (or at least not as much as I thought I would). I know it’s been out for a minute but I was adamant that nobody (from my inner circles) should go watch it in theaters, since it’d most likely be chopped up beyond recognition (in the name of “censorship”, but really, it’s just so they could fit in even more showings and therefore get even more money from movie-goers) because… Kuwait. Instead, I insisted that we all watch it together at my home, in the Cinema Room (which might not be state of the art, but a lot of time, effort and money was spent to make it as comfy as possible). The reason I insisted we watch it uncensored (in the Cinema Room) was because I’ve heard a great deal about how visually striking Blade Runner 2049 was supposed to be, and in that aspect, it did not disappoint. Blade Runner 2049 was absolutely beautiful! I got seriously strong Anime vibes (namely Akira) while watching Blade Runner 2049, not unlike a recently released Netflix Series called Altered Carbon (which I binge-watched as soon as it came out). They all had that “CyberPunk City” (low life, high tech) aesthetic going for them, which I tend to enjoy.

With that being said, Blade Runner 2049 was also quite slow. Too slow for my taste. Everything was very drawn out (the long pauses were extra long and the meaningful glances took a beat too long as well). Heck, even the movie itself was almost 3 hours long! Stretching everything out in order for people to drink in every detail was unnecessary. People would either get it or they wouldn’t. Finally, the biggest disappointment was the plot, which I thought was quite simple (offensively simple). It seemed like they threw all their money on the visuals and completely disregarded the story (all style, no substance). Honestly, it felt like they just wanted the movie to appeal to a wider audience (be more mainstream) so they played it safe, story-wise. The fact that Blade Runner 2049 had a star-studded cast further cemented that notion (at least, to me). All in all, Blade runner 2049 was very pretty, but way too long, and quite frankly, boring (definitely not worth the wait). In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never actually watched the original Blade Runner (it came out before I was even born).

Harrison Ford was the lead in the original Blade Runner so it stands within reason that the notorious grouch would make it in the sequel. Hats off to Denis Villeneuve (the director) for convincing Harrison Ford to make an appearance in Blade Runner 2049.

Ryan Gosling was perfectly cast as the lead because he’s both so hot and so cool! He’s got that whole stoicism thing down pat, not to mention the accompanying blank stare. Guys wanna’ be him. Girls wanna’ be with him. You can’t help but emphasize with him and root for him throughout the movie… which is saying something because again, the movie was almost THREE HOURS LONG! With that being said, most of the movie was spent showing us the back of his head.

Once upon a time, I used to like Jared Leto. It wasn’t during Requiem for a Dream. I developed a crush on him based on his sweet character as Colin Farrell‘s paramour in the movie Alexander. With time, it seems Jared Leto has become quite full of himself and gone down the pretentious route. I hated him in Suicide Squad. I hated him in Blade Runner 2045. Dude, calm down, you’re not that great of an actor.

No clue who Sylvia Hoeks is but did a good job portraying Jared Leto‘s right hand woman. Apparently, she’s from the Netherlands which should I explain why I’ve never seen her before. Also, the hairdo she had in the movie truly did not do her any justice. Go see what she looks like without the ridiculous baby bangs (that are currently trending) that she was sporting throughout the movie. My blog is called LuLu Luvs Makeup and her character in the movie is called Luv so I felt a strong connection… but not really.

Dunno’ who Dave Bautista is, but he had a really short part in the movie, and I wish we got to see more of him. During the movie, I kept announcing to everyone (even though I had zero facts to back it up) that on account of his huge build, this dude was definitely from Samoa (pronouncing it the proper way, Sah Mow Wah), up until someone googled it, just to shut me up. Turns out his father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry. Also, he’s a professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder, in addition to being an actor.

I was delighted to find Ana de Armas in this movie and recognized her immediately because she’s one of those enchantingly beautiful human beings! I was mesmerized by her in the movie Knock Knock where she terrorized Keanu Reeves and spotted her again, shortly after, in War Dogs, alongside Jonah Hill and Miles Teller.

I only knew her as the House of Cards chick (lost interest and stopped watching after finishing the first season) but apparently Robin Wright is The Prince Bride in the movie The Princess Bride (lol) and OMG she was Jenny in the movie Forest Gump (now I feel old lol). With that being said, when she appeared onscreen er, onscreen in Blade Runner 2049, I mistook Robin Wright for Starbuck played by Katee Sackhoff on Battlestar Galactica. I mean seriously, what is up with that hair? I was purposely misled.

I couldn’t quite place Mackenzie Davis immediately, but I just knew I felt a strong affinity towards her. At first, I thought she was Brenda from the 1987 movie Adventures in Babysitting before it occurred to me that people age lol so that can’t be right. Then I kept asking everyone if she might possibly be Jessica from True Blood, before it hit me. She was the girl from the sweetest most romantic and possibly my most favorite episode of Black Mirror!

Lennie James who plays Morgan on The Walking Dead was also in Blade Runner 2049! Like I said, star-studded cast… and yet they each spent very little time onscreen, as opposed to the back of Ryan Gosling‘s head. I mean he’s got a beautiful head and all but still.

Now let’s take a moment to admire the way Ryan Gosling – or “K” as he’s called in the movie – wears his coat. Very Anime-esque, no? Even Harrison Ford wants in. Incidentally, the coat Ryan Gosling wears throughout the movie Blade Runner 2049 – either with the lapel down showcasing the brown shearling lining the inside, or upturned and covering half his face, anime-style) has spawned a lot of replicas (dupes, if you will) as it seems a considerable amount of people would like to get their hands on one, for their everyday lives (not just for cosplay). “Not I”, said the duck (or was it cat?). Wanna know why? Because I got my own look-a-like from H&M of all places (hauled here). Now I just need to find a dystopian landscape (there’s an abandoned children’s playground around our block that seems to fit the bill, it looks like the aftermath of some cataclysmic event or other) to strut around in.

Speaking of Anime, what with the neon lights, larger than life holographs, omnipresent smog and over-density of people in certain areas, I got some really strong Akira vibes while watching Blade Runner 2049. I half-expected Kaneda’s Theme (here) to start playing at some point.

I believe the aesthetic in this shot is what is referred to as a “CyberPunk City” (low life, high tech) that I mentioned in the first paragraph of this post. In my humble opinion, I believe Altered Carbon did it better. Don’t get me wrong. Blade Runner 2049 was visually stunning…

However, most of the movie was pretty much shots of the Ryan Gosling… from behind. Sure it was in different settings most of the time, really cool settings, beautiful settings even, but not enough to warrant 3 hours of staring at the back of his head.

This part totally reminded me of the Sphinx Gate in the movie The NeverEnding Story. Just me?

Also, I was quite enamored with this little sitting area in particular. How serene does this place look?

Despite the constant threat of falling over in the Koi Pond (Koi Pool in this case?) which made it seem less practical.

Here’s a shot of Luv getting her nails did by a technician. The relevance being this is at heart a Beauty Blog (beauty products + beauty product adjacent, such as candles, bath and shower products, etc…) and manicures fall into that category and so… I really don’t know where I’m going with this so let’s just leave it (lawl).

There’s a lot of advanced technology in the movie, cars fly, etc… which is why we all started laughing when Ryan Gosling was driving/flying his car and it started raining and he turned on the windshield wipers (or maybe they turned on by themselves, can’t remember). In the movie, technology has advanced so far, yet nobody has come up with a better alternative to windshield wipers? My younger brother was the one that pointed it out actually, which cracked us up, especially since my brother rarely talks during a movie.

I mean look at that! Does it not look like it’s something out of Harry Potter? I don’t even know who that is (I wanna’ say Frank Sinatra) but I want at least ten! Off the top of my head, I’d get Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Blue Oyster Cult, Fetty Wap, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, Bastille, Bonnie Tyler, John Denver (just Annie’s Song) and definitely Morgan Freeman (reading anything really, so I can sleep listening to his voice).

This is the coolest thing ever! I first read something similar in an Archie comic (Veronica had a headband or whatever that transformed her instantly). Then I died when I saw something similar in the movie The Craft. Can you imagine if cutting, dying, and styling your hair was as easy as that? I’d have blue hair during the day, turn into a red-head for the evening and go all lilac at night! Scientist needs to go create something like this, pronto!

I thought this was really interesting and worth sharing:

1- Arthur Koblenz Dallas (Alien) was employed by the Tyrell Corporation (Blade Runner) before becoming Captain of the USCSS Nostromo (Alien).

2- Peter Weyland (Prometheus) was mentored by Eldon Tyrell (Blade Runner).

Ridley Scott co-produced Blade Runner and directed Alien and Prometheus.

He was also the executive producer of Call of Duty ELITE: Friday Night Fights and the first episode in Halo: Nightfall but hands down coolest thing he’s ever worked on was Gladiator. He was also the producer on Thelma & Louise and G.I. Jane and Black Hawk Down and Kingdom of Heaven and Tristan + Isolde and The Grey and The Martian. More recently, he was the producer of Murder on the Orient Express and All The Money in the World and executive producer of The Terror (new series).

Hope you enjoyed this post!

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