If you’re reading this, odds are pretty good that presented with the option to go to a movie theater and watch Blade Runner: 2049 this weekend, you decided against it.
According to THR, director Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi touchstone only soaked in a tiny $31.5 million in its opening weekend at the U.S. box offices, which would seem like a lot of money, except for 2049’s $150 budget.
What the fuck? I mean, just look at how sad this makes Ryan Gosling:
“whats wrong with you?”
Ryan Gosling should never be sad, and yet here we are. This is all wrong. What the fuck.
We understand that even if it weren’t for the entirely deserved R-rating, there’re no Ewoks or Porgs or a Groot or anything akin designed to keep little kids happy in 2049, which is a big deal killer for a significant swath of the sci-fi/fantasy movie-going audience. THR reports that 71 percent of the 2049 ticket-buying crowd were males, and 63 percent of ’em were more than 35 years old. So probably, you didn’t bother with 2049 unless unless you’re a dude who watched Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut for the first time when you were like 12 and your brain exploded.
At least the cult of the original film walked away from 2049 happy. Scott’s magnum opus that set the template for the subsequent 30 years of cyberpunk unfolds slowly and deliberately, and 2049 absolutely carries on that tradition. In fact, it transposes the 1982 film’s cerebral essence and meditative spirit flawlessly, all while telling a completely new and compelling story. But it’s not just for fans of the first movie! 2049 does the audience the favor of filling them in on the necessary tidbits of old information, which probably eats up about 20 seconds worth of its two-and-a-half hour runtime.
I don’t want to oversell it, but it would be a drag if we sent the message to Hollywood executives that they can’t make sophisticated big budget movies like this without losing their houses. So if you find yourself with three hours to kill and $10 to blow this week, hey, maybe consider giving Blade Runner: 2049 a chance? You might really like it! It looks fantastic, Gosling’s terrific in a really difficult role; Harrison Ford basically plays Han Solo again (and everybody loves Han Solo, right?); Claire Underwood gets to say all the raddest dialogue; and it’ll make you second guess how many of your memories really happened! Plus, Jared Leto’s really only in two or three scenes, and he’s not as bad as he usual is. We promise!