“Blade Runner” is now considered a classic of the genre but, following its original release in 1982, Ridley Scott’s adaptation of “Do Androids Dream of Electic Sheep?” by Philip K. Dick. it wasn’t a hit, despite having a giant star in Harrison Ford in the center, and the guy who did “Alien” behind the camera. It wouldn’t be until years later, when “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” was released, that the film’s reputation was finally cemented. All this to say that it was hard to know what to expect from Villeneuve, the guy behind “Prisoners” and “Arrival,” delivering a direct sequel 35 years later.
Villeneuve, it turned out, was exactly the filmmaker audiences had come to suspect him to be, even when working on a much larger blockbuster scale. “Blade Runner 2049” received absolutely rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. To that end, it currently has an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Beyond that, the film was received with love by the Academy, as it earned several Oscar nominations. More importantly, it won the award for best cinematography, which gave the legendary Roger Deakins his first Oscar, and a well-deserved one.
The main takeaway is that, from a purely artistic point of view, the general consensus is that Villeneuve totally nailed it. From the cast, which includes Ford reprising his role as Deckard and Ryan Gosling as our new lead, as well as tremendous visual storytelling, to everything else, this was an achievement in blockbuster filmmaking that only appears once in a while. from time to time So what was the problem? Well, the cost associated with this level of artistic achievement was just too high, and the business of it all had to come into play at some point.