In Blade Runner 2049, visionary Canadian director Denis Villeneuve manages to live up to the legacy of the iconic classic Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. As I previously cataloged, Villeneuve is in many ways the perfect director to follow in Ridley Scott’s footsteps, as much a visionary stylist whose films tend towards a kind of frigidity as Ridley Scott himself, and Blade Runner 2049 very much proves that comparison true. If Blade Runner 2049 has shortcomings, they are very much its almost icy exterior and its burdensome length; but the content of the film overwhelms any such concerns.
Since his 2013 English-language debut, 2013’s Prisoners, French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has firmly established himself in the inner circle of Hollywood’s most exciting and critically acclaimed directors. His films have a luscious, yet stark, visual style, and his mastery of tension and suspense is close to unparalleled in modern filmmaking.
I thought that 2015’s Sicario, starring Emily Blunt, was one of the most thrilling films in recent memory, and I was very excited when it was announced that his next film would be a science fiction film starring Amy Adams, who is one of my favorite actresses.