So the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 dropped today, and it just skyrocketed to the top of our must-see list. Well, it was already pretty high, but it just got even higher up there. We’re freaking out over here, so just do us a favor and watch the damn thing while we hyperventilate into a handy paper bag.
Oh man, what a fucking trailer.
The variations on the Vangelis score are on point, but more importantly, it looks right. Denis Villeneuve has crafted a logical extension of the world shown to us in the first Blade Runner film, and there’s so much fascinating stuff buried in each landscape (The giant Atari logos! The Soviet ballerina hologram in the middle of the street) that it’d be easy to get lost in the beautiful, Roger Deakins-shot details, but then the cast comes back into focus and you realize that it’s almost totally perfect.
We can’t stress this enough: buy your IMAX tickets as soon as they go on sale (and if you’ve watched any Villeneuve movies in the past, you know what we mean).
And yeah, we are totally on board with this iteration of Creepy Jared Leto, and the chills we get when he strokes the freshly-birthed Replicant (Ana De Armas) and tells her “happy birthday” are downright awesome. RyGos looks like the beautiful man he is, and under the direction of Villeneuve, he’s sure to give an interesting performance.
The wild card, of course, is Harrison Ford, who might phone it in, but who, in all honesty, probably won’t. This is one of the roles he’s remembered for actually doing great work in, one that he didn’t just coast through with his easy-going charm. Hopefully that’ll get him to live up to it. And we get glimpses of Robin Wright and Dave Bautista, so there’s plenty more to see.
Here’s a synopsis: “Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.”