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).