Before I grace you with my usual nonsense, watch the PHENOMENAL Blade Runner 2049 trailer below. Watched it already? Now, watch it again and again and again and again. What a week for trailers this is eh? Yesterday Wonder Woman, today Blade Runner. Truly great time to be alive if you’re a movie fan.
Here are 5 important things to note after watching the Blade Runner 2049 trailer.
1. Denis Villeneuve directed the sh*t out of this
Denis Villeneuve has been making movies since the late 90s, but his first movie to reach a wider audience was the crime-drama, Prisoners in 2010. Since then Villeneuve has gone from great to greater to GODLIKE. Villeneuve kinda reminds of David Fincher. Both do not write their own scripts but are capable of taking a good script and turning it into a masterpiece.
Blade Runner 2049 will most likely continue that trend. Villeneuve’s attention to detail is apparent in the trailer. While it’s too early to tell if the movie is going to be good, the trailer sure as hell does LOOK good. Together with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins – who also worked together with Villeneuve in Sicario – you can bet this is going to be one of the best-looking films of the year.
2. Atari logo visible
I missed this the first couple of times watching. But since I borderline worship Denis Villeneuve, I watched this trailer at least nine million times. And on my 89358th time watching, I noticed the Atari logo. In the original Blade Runner, Ridley Scott covers the entire future Los Angeles with massive advertisements and popular logos. One of which is the logo of an Arcade game company, Atari. However, Atari was a pretty big deal back in the 80s. It’s interesting to see that Atari is still as relevant as ever in the Blade Runner verse although it isn’t that way in the real world.
3. Is Jared Leto the villain?
Okay, that image made me feel all sorts of uncomfortable. Jared Leto more often than not plays characters that are somewhat creepy. The difference is, he always manages to retain his sex appeal while playing those characters. Think I’m crazy? Ask the millions of girls and gay men (heck, even straight men) that wanted to fornicate with his version of The Joker.
Here, it’s completely different. We don’t know much about his character yet, but the visuals alone are enough to scare the crap outta me. His eyes are glassy: either he’s blind or he’s had some form of surgery. Also, I think it’s safe to say that he’s the villain here? By the looks of it, he seems to be playing a character who thinks he’s some kind of God.
4. Is Officer K a replicant?
Besides his name – Officer K – we don’t really know much about Ryan Gosling’s character either. Since he’s Officer K, I think it’s apparent that he’s most definitely a Blade Runner. Okay, that’s kinda stupid of me. OF COURSE, he’s a Blade Runner. He’s the lead character and the movie is titled Blade Runner. *Facepalm*
But could he also be a replicant? After all, most of us are convinced that Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a replicant too. From the trailer, it seems as though one of the plot lines of Blade Runner 2049 will be Officer K in search of Rick Deckard to help him understand SOMETHING. Could Officer K have a hunch that he’s not a human? Is he trying to understand his origins? Or could it be that I’m an idiot who’s overthinking this because I have too much time on my hands?
5. The soundtrack ruined the trailer
This may be a little nitpicky, but something about the trailer’s soundtrack didn’t feel right. While it is futuristic and suits the Blade Runner verse, it lacks an emotional core that would have otherwise made this trailer truly spectacular.