Trailers for Blade Runner 2049 and John Wick were released today and they show two very different types of films to get excited for in 2017.
Blade Runner 2049 looks to bring the audience right back into the world Ridley Scott brought to the big screen in 1982. The original Blade Runner was adapted from the Phillip K Dick book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sleep, and is considered one the best Science Fiction films made. The trailer didn’t show much, but it did give off a distinct noir tone the film will likely follow. I wasn’t overly impressed with the trailer, because it didn’t really show anything other than Harrison Ford’s character making an appearance and some pretty shots with Ryan Gosling. I’m still extremely excited for the film due to the fact Dennis Villeneuve is directing along with Roger Deakins as his cinematographer. After first hearing about a Blade Runner sequel I was skeptical, but after Villeneuve became attached the skepticism turned to immediate excitement. He has yet to direct a bad film and I highly doubt he would have taken the job unless he believed it was a story worth telling. Arrival is one of my favorite films of the year, and Sicario was one of my favorite from the year before. Let’s hope the trend continues with Blade Runner 2049 in 2017.
John Wick Chapter 2 is another sequel which I never would have thought would happen after initially seeing trailers for the first film. The original John Wick was not promoted, and looked to be a film the studio did not believe in. When it hit theaters it met with critical success and found an audience on home video. It was an amazing action movie and united audiences everywhere after the bad guys killed John Wick’s dog gave to him by his dying wife. It also established an interesting world of assassins and a sequel was easy to see after the film became popular. The entire team from the first film is coming back for the second installment and the trailer shows more of the insane action from the first film. I do hope the movie isn’t going to fall prey to the usual folly of sequels by just making things bigger at the expense of story. The trailer did highlight many action sequences seemed to be over the top, but there were many of those in the first as well. As long as the action serves the story then I’ll bank on the directors who provided the first hit to do the same again.
Comment and let me know what you thought of each of the trailers which dropped today.