MovieChat Forums > Blade Runner 2049 (2017) Discussion > How did you NOT find this extraordinaril...

How did you NOT find this extraordinarily dull?


The first Blade Runner gets by on its incredible world building, visuals, future-noir tone and unique synth-sax score. The rest of it is largely dull, and even manages to make Harrison Ford completely uninteresting.

BR2049 is similarly dull, but has none of the redeeming qualities of the first film, and is much longer. To those who enjoyed it... how?

Genuine question.

reply

First time I watched it, it only really kept my interest because I was curious as to where the story would end... but to it could and should have been edited down quite a bit. Lots of scenes were just too long and pointless to the story. It was also a movie which was probably best viewed in a large theater which is where I saw it the first time. I tried to rewatch it on a TV and couldn't get through it.

reply

[deleted]

I got through it by hoping it would get better and more interesting, and like thomas998 said, I wanted to see where the story went. I really hope there is going to be a third film which does it well.

reply

[deleted]

I found it to be intriguing, I guess you have to be a lover of sci-fi and withstand a low amount of action to enjoy this movie.

A couple of other movies fit this catagory; Contact, The Andromeda Strain,2001 Space Odessey, Interstellar,.

reply

I love all those other sci-fi movies you mentioned (apart from Andromeda Strain which I haven’t seen), I found them engrossing and cared about the characters, while also appreciating the philosophical and existential concerns they presented.

I get that BR2049 poses questions about the silicone soul, much like the first film, but the ride is unengaging and dull, with bland characters who I struggle to care about.

reply

This movie seems to suffer the same problem that "Bicentennial Man" and "AI" had, having a stoic non-human or a robot boy in the lead role, empathy from human audiences is hard to come by...

This will change as AI and robotics improve and we become more involved with the like.

reply

I don’t think that’s the issue becasue Wall:E and Johnny 5 from Short Circuit were loveable robots we cared about. Roy Batty was actually pretty sympathetic by the end and he was a villainous robot!

No, these Blade Runner films just have dull leads. Deckard was dull as hell when we thought he was human, and K is just a yawn magnet.

reply

I enjoyed them both, when you have the stoic type.of lead, you have to have a colorful advisory or partner to add flavor.

This film also had a strong artistic element, outstanding cinimatograpgy that some people do not appreciate.

Also people seem to be demanding faster.and faster pacing, I've read.posts that describe 'Die Hard' as slow.

reply

I love slow, meditative films. They work when they’re engrossing stories with suspense, but BR2049 had little narrative momentum and nobody to really care about, so you spend your time thinking ‘that’s a nice shot’ as a substitute for the boredom.

Pretty pictures aren’t enough, an almost 3 hour film needs narrative momentum driven by characters we care about.

reply

Even the final fight scenes were completely dull and void of any excitement. All the action was wasted in its ambient tone.

reply

THE FLICK PLAYS LIKE A 4 HOUR PBS DOCUMENTARY ABOUT DIRT.

reply

I liked the plot, the mystery, the character's journey, and the visuals and cinematography were epic and evocative.

But, in some ways...I'm not sure. It's a stolid film in may ways, and the pacing is slow. Thinking back on it, I'm a little surprised I wasn't bored. Yet...I never was. Just didn't find it dull.

reply