To see or not to see: Blade Runner 2049

Sat, 11/04/2017 - 7:45am

Do androids dream of electric sheep?

The answer is no, they don’t. But now that that question is out of the way, I’ll replace it with another: Is “Blade Runner 2049” a good movie? If you want a brief answer then all you need to know is “Blade Runner 2049” is possibly the best movie to come out so far this year. If you would like to know why, keep reading.

We all know how badly a sequel/reboot of a classic movie or franchise can go (for example: “Terminator: Genisys” or “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in a lesser case). “Blade Runner 2049” is the only movie of that type that actually feels like a sequel and not just an attempt to make money off the nostalgia. Something that earns my respect for “2049” is that it is not made for idiots or children. “2049” makes me ask questions about its universe and what created this dystopic future. The movie doesn’t answer these questions because it’s not important to the central narrative, and it helps the viewer feel curious and invested. I feel like I should add a not for kids warning here because (in a non-spoiler way) “2049” is really messed up and creepy. The movie’s creepiness and strangeness surpasses the original in every way (which version of the original I’m talking about, I’ll leave up to you). And the acting is great, and Harrison Ford delivers his best performance since 1985’s “Witness.”

A quick warning before I leave you. See the final cut of the original “Blade Runner” first, it will make “2049” much better. So go, see “Blade Runner 2049,” it will stick with you for so much longer than an electric sheep.