Get ready folks. After a run of random but great rom-coms (Crazy, Stupid, Love), an awesome Shane Black film that didn’t do very well in the box office (The Nice Guys), a cult classic (Drive), and an Oscar bait musical (La La Land), Ryan Gosling is about to become the blockbuster leading man he’s been avoiding becoming for so long. Golsing is starring the new, long awaited sequel to Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049.
Everything about Blade Runner 2049 seems to be absolutely perfect in terms of a reboot/sequel. Arrival and Sicario director Denis Vilenueve, who is the king of noir films, without a doubt, direct the film. The film stars Ryan Gosling as the protagonist, but also features Harrison Ford, the original star of the original series, along with Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and Dave Bautista – all of whom are kick ass actors. But I don’t have to tell you that, I’m sure. Heck, even Ridley Scott is back executive producing the sequel, so it’ll surely stay true to form.
All that is well and good, but the most important aspect of Blade Runner 2049 is without a doubt that the first trailer revealed next to nothing. Granted, I know saying the trailer didn’t spoil anything is an almost guaranteed jinx, but here’s hoping all the other positives point this in the right direction.
The trailer opens with the familiar neo-noir vibes of the original Blade Runner, with Ryan Gosling as the LAPD Detective K, roaming throughout the dingy streets of a near future. Gosling looks like a kick ass cyberpunk biker dude as he wanders into a strange yellowy void of dystopia. There’s some random dystopian b-roll in the middle of the trailer, a clip of Gosling plucking a piano key (La La Land reference?), and then boom! Harrison Ford. The two make a brief exchange, with Gosling saying he’s looking for Ford’s character Rick Deckard, only to have Deckard say things have changed.
Sure, that exchange isn’t the most exhilarating but dang does the trailer look good and more importantly SPOIL nothing. Who knows whether or not the magical wonder of this initial trailer lasts, but here’s hoping that Warner Bros. and Sony decide to be cool and not spoil the film before it comes out, but then again, they are trying to create a blockbuster, so they inevitably will. But here’s hoping maybe that won’t be the case this time (for spoilers, not success, we want it to be a success).