Check Out the New BLADE RUNNER 2049 Trailer

No idea what this movie's about, but it sure is pretty

A new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 released today and it’s well… something.

First of all let’s get this out of the way: the shots and set design in this thing are absolutely gorgeous. There’s some really beautiful imagery in this one, as would be expected from a film pairing up Dennis Villneuve, Roger Deakins, and Ridley Scott. We knew from the beginning that this would be a really pretty film to look at and there’s nothing in here to dispute that. That being said I can’t quite pin down the tone that they are going for in this so far, and tone and theme are going to be what determines if this was a film that was actually worth making. I’m intrigued, but as someone who finds the original film to be, for the most part, a thematically inert, boring slog of a film (people, people, please save your venom for the comments) I’m going to need a much better idea of what they are going for before I commit to purchasing a ticket.

This film does have a few major things going for it, primarily the fact that it’s staring Ryan Gosling in the middle of his full on career renaissance and that it has Villneuve in the director’s chair, but I still have plenty of qualms. This trailer did manage to introduce a new one, as it is now clear that Jared Leto has a major role in the film and is as distracting as ever. Will this be a good film? Who knows? I’d say the odds are 50/50 at this point. What do you think? Are you excited for this one? Worried? Do you just want to yell at me for disliking the original? Let us know in the comments.

PS: If Ryan Gosling turns out to be a replicant I will bash my head in a freaking desk

  • Something

    To anyone outside of the Lewton Bus writer’s group reading this: just know that all of us think that Allen is wrong.

  • Pictured: Allen, when he was asked to write this piece:

  • Jamikel

    The trailer seems to be heavily implying that Gosling is a replicant. Which isn’t inherently good or bad. Just depends on how they handle it.

  • Alex the DC & Marvel fan

    I don’t think Gosling has ever had a career renaissance. Though he has the occasional Gangster Squad or Crazy Stupid Love, the guy has always had a consistently solid career.

    • Allen

      He went from solid to top five leading man in hollywood over the last three years

    • Jamikel

      Yeah, there hasn’t been the fall necessary for his great recent run to qualify as a renaissance. This is simply a naissance.

  • That is a damn hell of a trailer IMO. Just, holy shit, gorgeous, well paced, gorgeous, exciting, gorgeous. No worries, first of all because the film is so unnecessary that worrying about it feels redundant. Second, because Villenueve + Deakins = gunna be beautiful as FUCK. Third, Johannson re-orchestrating Vangelis’ classic??? HOLY SHIT YES.

  • I really dig this and I’m surprisingly pumped now. This is coming from a guy who’s a huge fan of the original and has seen only one of Villneuve’s films (ARRIVAL) and was frankly left a bit underwhelmed. I didn’t dislike it, and felt it had a lot going for it, but it didn’t send me over the moon in the same way as a lot of people.

    I’m okay with Gosling being a replicant as long as it’s not a strung out twist, or left ambiguous in the exact same way as the original. The fact that it’s hinted so strongly in this trailer suggests to me that it won’t be played in that way.

    OBLIGATORY: Allen, your opinions about BLADE RUNNER are bad and you should feel bad.

    • Also, how in the world did I miss that Dave Bautista is in this?

  • ryanrochnroll

    Gorgeous, evocative, mysterious, and subversive. What a hell of an opening marketing volley.

    Allen, I can’t hear your nonsense up here on cloud 9

  • Allen Strickland
    Wrong on Blade Runner
    Wrong for America
    Vote Nathan Morton 2049

    • Allen

      Nathan Morton
      He’s soft on Blade Runners
      Vote Allen Strickland NOW