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  1. So the trailer dropped yesterday: In case I hadn't mentioned this before... I really love Blade Runner. It's my favorite film of all time. I'm cautiously optimistic for 2049. I couldn't be happier that Denis Villeneuve is taking the Director's role and not Ridley Scott. I haven't been too impressed with the stuff he's done post-Blade Runner, with the exception of The Martian. Prometheus, in particular, was a complete mess. While Prometheus was a prequel and Blade Runner 2049 is a sequel, they're both addendums to classic films made 30 years prior so if Prometheus was any indication, I wouldn't want Scott in the Director's chair. I've enjoyed everything I've seen by Denis Villeneuve; and that's not including The Arrival which I've yet to see but have heard nothing but good things. I really like Ryan Gosling, so that's a plus as well. At this point I'm just wondering... who's going to play opposite Gosling in the antagonist role? They're going to have a tough act to follow from Rutger Hauer (Roy Batty was the star of the show as far as I'm concerned, not Deckard). Jared Leto is listed in the cast so maybe that's it... If I had a vote it'd probably be for Mads Mikkelson. I'm actually kindof surprised that Ford is even in it considering he's repeatedly said that he didn't like Blade Runner. Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire) and Lennie James (Snatch; The Walking Dead) are listed in the cast as well and I like both of them quite a bit. It looks like they nailed the atmosphere based on the trailer, so that's encouraging. I'm a little worried about the score given that Vangelis isn't involved. That score is an enormous part of the original film - it really wouldn't be the same without it. The trailer for 2049 even uses some of the Vangelis score. Jóhann Jóhannsson is composing for 2049 and he's the same composer that Denis Villeneuve used in several of his previous films but honestly none of those films stand out in my mind for their scores - I guess I'll have to go back and listen to them again. Overall I'm still optimistic and excited about it. It just... has a really really high bar that it's facing. Given that Blade Runner is my favorite film of all time, it's basically an impossible task, but even if it's not as good as the original that doesn't mean it can't be really great in its own right. Fingers crossed.
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