Fix it in Post: Episode 16 – Blade Runner 2049 Review

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Fix it in Post: Blade Runner 2049 Review. SPOILERS at 28:47

Review by Oliver Harper, Richard Jackson and Brad Watson.

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stephen hall says:

Just watched it on bluray. It's honestly astonishing. This is a film that is going to stay with me for a long time. The way it looks is good enough for me on the first viewing, the grey wastelands with splashes of Orange rust are the immediate standouts for me. Like the original film every frame could be a painting. This is without going into the story, tone, acting and soundtrack. Staggering… I think it's even better than the first film despite lacking a scene on a par with the ' tears in rain' sequence.

paxwallacejazz says:

Dahh is science fiction for smart people me smart ha ha ha. Ok I saw it in Copenhagen Dk. on weekday 1st showing so there were only 25 or so folks in the theatre and at the end we all applauded more than a few stood: I stood. You know it's like the committee of mediocrity enforcement somehow allowed a Beethoven symphony to slip out. I respect the potential of Science fiction because at 8, I saw 2001, so when I 1st saw Star Wars when it came out I was rolling my eyes. So satisfying science fiction dragged all the way back to Flash Gordan . Now at the last poker game with my mates I realized how much I am the odd jazz music modern art Buddhist misfit. So I didn't think it was too long. This film was bound to flop initially but is also bound to become a classic.

James O'Blivion says:

Credit where it's due…WETA created amazing miniatures for this film. The city was not all CG. The wider expansive shots are largely digital, but they made extensive use of highly detailed miniatures in the fly-throughs.

I feel we're sacrificing wonder somewhat prematurely.

albedoshader says:

At 15:40 you’re almost complaining that there are no miniatures in the movie, but it’s supposedly CG, and how that would take away the air of mystery about how they pulled it of to make such a convincing city etc.

Well, they actually built tons of real miniatures for Bladerunner 2049. It’s not CG made to look like miniatures, these are actual miniatures.

And, to make it even better, the miniatures were built by Weta Workshop, and they did an amazing job! Not only is LAPD and it’s surroundings built with miniatures, also the Trash Mesa, the Wallace Tower etc. So, feel free to feel amazed by Weta Workhop’s fantastic miniature work for this movie.

Here you can watch a video about the miniature work in Bladerunner 2049:

It’s ironic how you guys complain about CG while it actually wasn’t CG at all. It’s like the opposite of people not noticing CG, thinking certain things were done physically while they were not.

Eralen00 says:

I think 2049 followed way too closely to the original. I feel like they didn't want to disappoint the fans of the original (of which i am a die hard fan). The pacing, cinematography, storyline, etc. were all very derivative to the point where it was basically just a rehashing of the original. It was pretty good, but it didn't blow me away at all like the original did. 7.5/10

UltimateNinja 1984 says:

A Fuckin Polarizing Masterpiece!

Geoff Foster says:

It's like all Villeneuve movies – plenty of things to like with one or two drawbacks. What I will say is it featured an absolutely mesmerising performance from Sylvia Hoeks as Luv. She only gets maybe fifteen minutes of the film but every second she burns up the screen. The scene in Joshi's office where she's projecting terrifying menace whilst tears are streaming down her cheeks really transformed what was a fairly stock villain into a character who I could empathise with. She is a slave made to witness and participate in all of Wallace's violence and cruelty whilst her soul is crying in protest. Can't think of an actress recently who literally had me re-winding every single frame to scrutinise the subtleties of her facial expressions, body movement etc. So much acting these days is oratory and it makes a refreshing change when you see an actress/actor who can communicate such a range of emotions without ever opening their mouths

kalron27 says:

These guys would disagree with your analysis that the visuals were all CGI. The amount of practical effects in 2049 is far greater than you think.


I am surprised that they were convinced that the miniatures were cgi. Oliver watch the WETA workshop video. The movie was so dam convincing as it seems surreal when I saw it…

SpyengoEen says:

Guys, guys! I know I'm late and you probably already know this, but most of what you saw on screen of the city and environments WAS indeed miniatures and models. Here's a short documentary about it:

Gua says:

I'm not a fan of an original movie, but I really enjoyed 2049.

james lyddall says:

I love this movie and it left me wanting more of this world. I'd love to have a map of this version of Los Angeles and explore it more. How tall are these buildings how vast is the dense city look and the blocks are how are they compared to the duper tall buildings.

Flex Plexico says:

Guys they actually did use a lot of miniatures and the junk yard scene was physically created by hand (obviously with green screen backgrounds) think you should probably look up this information before reviewing a film – other than that great work!

nmcvicker03 says:

This was a rare sequel that was better than the original and to me by far. I've always liked the original Blade Runner for the ideas and the sets and visuals but the story itself was kind of bland and Harrison Ford gave one of his worst performances in it. This movie has a really good story, they could have easily trimmed 15 minutes off to make it a little tighter as a lot of the running time was padded with Ryan Gosling walking really slowly through a set.

Denis Velleneuve has become one of my favorite directors. He keeps getting better and better.Its a shame this movie didn't do well at the box office because I'd like to see more of this world. I can however understand how a really expensive slow burn film noire movie with a nearly 3 hour running time was a recipe for a box office dud.

Bradley Harrison says:

But it did have miniatures…

Charles Teague says:

I assumed Deckard had to be a replicant in order to survive the radiation in Las Vegas for so long.

San Sanich says:

they actually used models for the citylandscape it was not pure cgi

Jason Cole says:

They did do a bunch of miniature work. Look it up… really cool stuff.

Stephen Hill says:

As a hospital cleaner can you please dust the wooden edge of the green chair. It's filthy. Blade Runner 2049 was good though.

Kadayi says:

A lot of the City environment stuff was miniatures. Check out Weta workshops video about it.

TedShatner10 says:

Nexus 6 to 8 Replicants aren't robots in the technological sense, but cloned or engineered humans with wetware programming.

Adrian Mendoza says:

Just watched the film. Its a beautiful film but i thought it was too white. So in LA 2049 there are no brown or black ppl? And I guess the future can only advertise to straight men. If you cant find a taco or Korean bbq than the future is a horrible place. Poor Sean Young. I did not like the third act.

Ivan says:

The mesmerizing voice of Oliver Harper

Edward Hitten says:

#BladeRunner2049 is like Leonardo DaVinci repainting Mona Lisa dressed in drag queen loaded with Xanax: it don't make sense anymore, it's colorful, it's slow as hell and it's an souless empty shell.

Apoplexia says:

Oliver Harper, around 15:50 you mention there aren't any miniatures in the film, but Denis Villeuve said in a few interviews that there were. Especially the drone flying over Las Vegas, we can clearly see that it's a miniature set 😉

Sweeperboy says:

They're actually wrong about the methodology. Yes there is some CGI, but there was also a conscious effort to use a lot of practical effects too, including miniature sets.

David Jaffee says:

saw it  two times.

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