The Blade Runner 2049 movie is a very successful sequel to the original Blade Runner. Special effects used in Blade Runner 2049 play significant role, and I am really impressed with the image composition and the very specific look of the movie. Fortunately, beyond the layer of visual art and music matching the first part, ensuring continuity, there is also something more.
What is Blade Runner 2049 about? In my opinion, this movie is about illusion, or – to be more precise – about how much our life can be based on illusion. We can see it, for instance, in the scene of a non-existing one kind of someone saying “I love you” to another kind of someone without real identity. This is probably the best scene in the movie, comparable with the final scene in the first part of Blade Runner: the Tears in Rain scene, played by Rutger Hauer.
Music: here composers (Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch) did their job perfectly in my opinion. To keep exactly the same original Vangelis tunes would not work, so what they did, is that they used some kind of sound “reference” in their music, so to speak, and it seems to work.
Director Denis Villeneuve and Roger Alexander Deakins responsible for cinematography produced a masterpiece, like when they were working on the movie Sicario. They do know that movie language as such is based on flow of images and sound, and – moreover – they know how to use this knowledge.
Probably the sequel couldn’t be created in a better way. In a different way – yes, but not better.