‘Blade Runner 2049′ is a visual masterpiece that suffers from a lengthy run time.

Blade Runner 2049
 tells the story of a young blade runner’s discovery of a long-buried secret leads him to track down former blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for thirty years.

After the countless disappointments in high budget, science-fiction and fantasy films that have been churned out in recent times, it’s rare to find something that actually works. To continue on with the Blade Runner universe, French-Canadian writer and director Denis Villeneuve couldn’t have been a better choice and his choice of lead in Ryan Gosling even better.

If the name seems familiar, he’s best known for his critically acclaimed crime-thrillers/science-fiction films in Prisoners (2013), Sicario (2015), and Arrival (2016). Thankfully, he’s one of the few writer/director’s out there who’s told dynamically diverse films that hold female leads, much like Taylor Sheridan who penned Sicaro.

The problem with this film is although a visual master piece, suffered because of it. It’s overly-lengthy run time at a whopping two hours and forty-three minutes meant that you needed more than one drink to get through it. There were many times where there was nothing happening and if removed, could have resulted in a much tighter, more intense film than the indulgent piece of visual art it was.

The plot was meandering at best, wandering from place to place, and eventually getting to the point the film itself was trying to make. Overall, the pacing was incredibly tedious and sluggish that held an interesting enough villain who failed to spend more than five minutes on screen. Because of this, Blade Runner 2049 felt like nothing more than an aesthetic visual art diary. It’s not the fault of the actors who were hardly given enough in the first place to work with, despite a promising concept that failed upon delivery.

To be quite frank and brutally honest, the entire story is something that could have been told in under an hour. Especially with the anti-climatic ending where the film went out with a whimper and not a bang, leaving you feel drained and needing to lie down.

Actors Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, and Robin Wright all performed brilliantly considering what they had to work with — fleshing out their characters as much as they could. Leto felt very under utilised with his character being so much more prominent throughout the film as the times we did get to see him, he would make you feel uneasy with the slightest of movements.

Despite the film barely reaching the groundbreaking status of the original 1982 film, Villeneuve does his best to make the film as creative as possible and he succeeds in that. At least visually. When news broke that he was taking the helm of the Blade Runner sequel, there was no doubt mixed feelings. Although it may not have captured the magic and the story within the original, he exceeds expectations as a visual experience, fully using all the technology available in our modern era.

Unlike many of the blockbuster films nowadays, Villeneuve doesn’t just deliver a spectacle, but he manages to pick up from where previous director Ridley Scott had left off. It’s been a thirty-five year long wait and even with the time difference, the bar has been raised very high.

All in all, the film was overlong without much story yet visually impeccable, worthy of an IMAX screening.

Film-O-Meter: 7/10.


‘Wonder Woman’ one of the best DCU films in a long time.

Wonder Woman
 tells the story of Diana Prince, princess of the Amazons, before she was Wonder Woman. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

What an amazing film coming out of a pile of dogshite that’s the DC universe, don’t excuse the French. Director Patty Jenkins has brought us the best portrayal of ‘Wonder Woman’ to the screen and does the character justice to such an iconic character. What’s such a massive relief is this film being done right and wasn’t destroyed like Catwoman in 2004 and Elektra in 2005. The DC universe did get off to a rough start that didn’t deliver so fingers crossed this is a change of pace, finally.

There will be no doubts comparisons to MCU and there’s no shame in saying that Wonder Woman’s DCU’s Captain America — a fish out of water with a heart of gold only wanting to do the best for those around her. You couldn’t imagine anyone else as Wonder Woman apart from Gal Gadot and she has wonderful chemistry with Chris Pine as war pilot Steve Trevor.

Amazonians accompanying Gadot is Connie Nielsen as overprotective mother and Queen, Hippolyta and her right hand woman Antiope played by the bad ass Robin Wright, whom I love very dearly.

It’s a visually spectacular film with mind blowing action set pieces pulled on camera by Matthew Jensen. It’s not a conglomeration of special effects much like what we’ve seen in previous instalments of the DC universe in Man of Steel and Batman Vs Superman helmed by Zack Snyder and Suicide Squad helmed by David Ayer. Those films were a mess that you couldn’t make any sense out of while Wonder Woman finally had a refreshing sense of logic and humour to it. It was a film that was serious but didn’t take itself too seriously.

The film doesn’t really start going until we leave the island of Themiscyra after an average first act that was needed to set Diana up as a character. There, she’s broken into a world that’s so unlike what she imagined. And from there, we’re taken straight into the action and like I said before, it isn’t overwhelming. It’s enough to get us excited to see a woman be so bad ass and kick some bad guy butt. Amongst all this, a love story is interwoven but it isn’t a stand out, over the top aspect of the story. If this was helmed by a man, or done any differently, the hinted at sex scene would’ve been taken further and made almost pornographically unnecessary. Much like the MCU with their villains, it’s not the strongest element of this movie but the women do steal the show.

All the idiots who have brought the film down because of their sexist and misogynistic views can bite their tongues. Hard. Until they bleed. While everyone deserves their opinions and the such, there are some that just need put in their ways, to help those with those views to realise what’s ultimately wrong. There have been comments about Gal Gadot’s appearance and is downright sexist trash that makes me sick thinking about it.

Wonder Woman is one of the best films in a long time, and even since The Dark Knight all those years ago. It’s such an important movie for woman and honestly, it’s the first in a dramatic change in cinema and how we view films.

Film-O-Meter: 9/10.

‘Everest’ is an awe inspiring sight.

Everest tells the story of a climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

Although I didn’t get the chance to see this film in IMAX, I can definitely see why the experience would be enhanced by seeing it on a super-sized screen. There was some parts in which elements of the film looked superimposed, but the heights of Everest are amazingly unbelievable.

One of the issues that I had with this film was that there was such a large cast of characters, it was sometimes hard to really follow who played who and what had actually happened to them, which essentially made it hard to make a connection with the characters. There was some characters that did have a focus, but less so with others. And that’s what the problem was – such a large cast of characters with interesting stories and given some sort of focus, but nothing held on for too long.

At certain points of the film, the pace is a little slow as we try to make some sort of connection with the characters of the film but the shifts in tones from serious to light hearted are a bit messy, thus never really reaching either side well. The film isn’t perfect, but does have engaging elements.

It is a worthy watch and there are visual moments, but maybe not in the 3D offered as it hardly added anything to the film.

Film-O-Meter: 6/10.