Part 25: Blade Runner 2049

“Is it real?” – K, played by Ryan Gosling, in Blade Runner 2049

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Nominations

Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Production Design, Best Visual Effects

Basic Plot

One may think this is a movie about ice skating or winter sports, but alas, it is not.  Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is a blade runner for the LAPD and he uncovers a deep, dark secret.  His little discovery leads him to look for a former blade runner person named Rick Dekard (Harrison Ford)

My Largely Irrelevant Commentary

I know the Olympics are over – boo.  But…

USA. Women’s. Hockey. Holy crap what a gold medal game that was!!! I was literally yelling and hollering out loud at my tv when I watched it – so so good.  Some of the moves (from both Team USA and Team Canada) those gals pulled out during the shoot out were absolutely insane.  I love watching hockey and you only get to watch women’s hockey every 4 years (again, boo); it’s a totally different game (similar to mens versus women soccer)…these women are tough tough competitors, but there’s also a finesse and gamesmanship – or gameswomanship – that these fierce ladies bring to the ice that you don’t necessarily get on the men’s side.  I like both; just wish we could watch more women’s hockey!

Team USA suffered a heartbreaking loss in the gold medal game 4 years ago in Sochi. In doing so, they broke Canada’s 4-game Olympic finals win streak.  There are some phenomenal statistics with respect to the USA/Canada match-ups – they are the only two teams to ever compete for Olympic gold since Women’s hockey was introduced into the Olympics, they are the only two teams to have ever completed in the World Championship finals for Women’s hockey…ever.  They are that good and I think they often trade places in the number 1 and 2 slots in rankings.  Crazy.

One thing I would like to see change at the Olympics – Do the medal ceremony the night after the game like you do with just about every other sport.  The Silver medal in hockey is probably the worst medal to go home with because it means you lost.  I think it’s cruel to have the medal ceremony immediately following the gold medal game!  Let the results of the game sink in first!

Let’s Get Technical

Cinematography.  So not really knowing what this meant, I looked it up.  The dictionary says it is “the art of making motion pictures.” Less than helpful…thanks Websters.  So I continued to research what it really meant and this is my best attempt at explaining it.  This is the category about the photography side of filmmaking – so think lighting, filters, lenses, placement, etc.

Sound Mixing.  This one is a little less vague thank the lord.  Send mixing is part of the post production process and it is basically the art of taking the “sountrack” of the film (sound effects (made my sound editors), music (via composers), dialogue (via actors/actresses) – the noise) and mixing them together to make something that sounds good and fluid.  Sound mixing is the last piece of the puzzle basically.

The Film

Holy 2 hours and 45 minutes!

I’ll be totally honest, if not for my little Oscar Blog challenge, this is not a movie I would have ever voluntarily seen.  Even if it is billed as a Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford flick.  My first observation…Ryan Gosling (K) does a lot of walking.  A lot.  His Fitbit must have been going out of control.  My second observation…it took a real long time for Harrison Ford to make his appearance – 1 hour and 46 minutes roughly – in fact, at one point, I thought perhaps time had stopped.  A complaint – why on earth would anyone glass over Jared Leto’s gorgeous blue eyes, effectively giving him gray marble eyes.  WHY?  WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?  Because he wear men’s pumps (which are now a thing by the way)?? Ugh. Shoutout to our favorite Somalian pirate from Captain Phillips. Great to see his Oscar nomination from a few year back has opened the door for other important roles like “Computer Tech 17” in this movie.  Robin Wright obviously cannot catch a break – first Kevin Spacey drama and now she’s being stabbed and killed by some cray chick with no soul. And Ryan….oh my dearest, beautiful many candy Ryan.  Please don’t damage your porcelain skin by sticking your hand into a beehive.  Not ok.

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again, I ask.  Why?

So clearly I wasn’t super into this movie.  It’s not for lack of trying.  It was just so so so long and for the majority of it I had no idea what was happening.  Totally get the nominations, as given there were a lot of silent parts the sound and visual effects really had to carry the film.  There was a lot going on visually and that wasn’t a bad thing; I thought the sound mixing was done well – although a boring movie (for me anyways), the sound was fluid and made sense with he film.  Without knowing too much about the tech side, this one could be a contender.

Bottom Line – If a movie is going to push close to the 3 hour time frame, it better have the words “Star Wars” or “Lord of the Rings” in the title.  Otherwise, I’m out.  Not my kind of movie, but good technically.

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