You will, too. Check out Hammond’s interview with Ford and Gosling in the video above – which just might be the most enjoyable four minutes you spend today. Blade Runner 2049 began with the hard task of playing the belated successor to one of the most beloved sci-fi movies of all time.
Denis Villeneuve was “scared” about making “Blade Runner 2049”. Sure, it had its flaws in a devilishly slow pace and clunky storytelling, not to mention the now infamous multiple cuts, but “Blade Runner” was nothing short of a visual masterpiece born from the combined genius of director Ridley Scott and cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth.
In 2040, the LA Police Department re-established its Blade Runner unit.
The sequel introduces Gosling as a young blade runner whose “discovery of a long-buried secret” leads him to track down Ford’s character, missing for 30 years.
“That’s so cool that you did that”, Gosling said in all earnestness.
Harrison Ford has a reputation on screen-especially in his older years-for being rather grumpy.
“He’s a really terrific actor whose work I have admired for quite some time”, Ford also said of his costar.
One of the most fun and/or heartbreaking aspects of the new film is K’s relationship with Joi (Ana de Armas), a woman who exists purely as a hologram – and yet so much more. It’s some of the best work by the actor, who recently was decent a year ago as the Joker in “Suicide Squad” but who won an Academy Award for his rail-thin, HIV-positive trans character in 2013’s “Dallas Buyers Club”. They were used as slave labour because they were better than humans in every way and believed to be incapable of human thought. “When I read the screenplay I understood what the idea was behind it and saw the potential to make a great movie”.
The 35 years later sequel is a decidedly tricky proposition, an itch you know you shouldn’t scratch. Reviving another beloved character he’s known for – Harrison Ford is completely invested in this role and his chemistry with Gosling is essential to some key plot points that make “Blade Runner 2049” even more significant as a sequel.
But those who think that 2049’s lack of a post-credits sequence signals the bookend of the property should fret not; we probably will get more entries in the Blade Runner universe, they just won’t be delivered in the same method we have grown accustomed to in the era of shared cinematic universes.