Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch
Blade Runner 2049


4.2
excellent

Review

by Benjamin Kuettel STAFF
January 3rd, 2019 | 158 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An excellent electronic soundtrack that brings our neo-noir future depicted in Blade Runner 2049, one of the best sequels in recent movie history, to life.

The creative team behind Blade Runner 2049 had the daunting task of making a sequel to one of the most influential and unique science fiction films ever made. It was no question that an essential aspect of the original’s artistic success was its intoxicating soundtrack by Vangelis. Praised as a pivotal album for electronic music, numerous songwriters like Thom Yorke of Radiohead and Toby Driver of Kayo Dot have cited it as an influence on their own work. Enlisting prolific film composer Hans Zimmer with Benjamin Wallfisch to score the sequel proved to be a wise move.

Blade Runner 2049 is an engrossing, unpredictable labyrinth of mostly dark atmospheres with some ethereal touches, especially toward the end of the track list. Strings, synthesizers, and even Gregorian chanting make appearances to add more dimension to the visuals and themes of 2049. Because the film is nearly three hours in length, that means there is a plethora of material to enjoy. "Blade Runner" and "Sea Wall" are both tremendous, 10-minute epics that develop gradually and remain breathtaking even when listened to without watching the movie. The mostly meditative pacing of Blade Runner 2049 obviously reflects the tone of the film: somber and practically an exercise in sci-fi/slow cinema, like a modern 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Various motifs from Inception, Gladiator, Interstellar, and other Zimmer scores are obvious influences, with a few subtle nods to Blade Runner by Vangelis. Tracks like “Sapper’s Tree” and “All the Best Memories Are Hers” are gentle ambient pieces that accompany the more reflective moments of the film and recall the gorgeous “Memories of Green” by Vangelis. Whether it’s a calm synth track or an intense, louder song, the 2049 soundtrack shows its versatility and memorability while capturing the spirit and world of Blade Runner.

A classic from the original, "Tears in the Rain" appears here, and is largely untouched. It is essentially the same piece as the one from the original. Aside from that however, these compositions do not revel in nostalgia or retro synthesizer melodies of the 1980s. While perhaps disappointing to some, it was the right choice to make, as 2049 is very different from Blade Runner in numerous ways. Like the original’s soundtrack, this stands on its own as an excellent electronic album with a wide variety of moods and themes.




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TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


18584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Definitely one of the best movies of the decade.



This is over a year old but when I realized it had no review I decided to go for it. Been getting into Vangelis lately, had no idea until yesterday that he wrote the Olympics song that's everywhere, Chariots of Fire.

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GhandhiLion
January 3rd 2019


4981 Comments


i love classical music

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SweeneyTodd
January 3rd 2019


2214 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

so glad to see a review for this! one of my favourite films, one of my favourite soundtracks too, Sea Wall is immense

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Gyromania
January 3rd 2019


27975 Comments


man, how great was this movie? gotta rewatch it sometime. loved the cinematography

GhandhiLion
January 3rd 2019


4981 Comments


^yeah so glad Denis Villeneuve directed it instead of Ridley scott. The new Alien hurt me. Check out his other film 'Enemy' if you haven't.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


18584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Yea Enemy is wonderful, psychological and Lynchian.



I can't wait to see 2049 again, on the biggest screen I can find to take in those tremendous visuals.

GhandhiLion
January 3rd 2019


4981 Comments


I skipped out on arrival. I should change that

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


18584 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Arrival is another gem. This has been a great decade for sci-fi films I have to say, Her is another that comes to mind. My favorite movie of this year is probably Annihilation. Too bad it and 2049 didn't do too well at the box office, but I think Arrival did well. I'm grateful that thoughtful, slow-moving sci-fi is still being made.

GhandhiLion
January 3rd 2019


4981 Comments


"Annihilation" havnt seen that one. will take note

"Stalker + The Tree of Life + Alien (with extra body horror) + mereological nihilism = Annihilation. Go see it."
ok RYM

JeetJeet
January 3rd 2019


6721 Comments


Great review. Love this movie to death. Cant wait to see what Denis does with Dune.

Immortallix
January 3rd 2019


73 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's only been a few months since I've last re-watched 2049 and it feels like it's been too long.

God damn I love Sea Wall!

Source
January 3rd 2019


12315 Comments


I still haven't seen this

JeetJeet
January 3rd 2019


6721 Comments


You are missing out on some sci-fi excellence

Underflow
January 3rd 2019


4867 Comments


Amazing film, great soundtrack.

rockandmetaljunkie
January 3rd 2019


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

better late than never i guess



this is a superb soundtrack, one that captures the essence of the film and undertows the stunning work that has been done in the visual department

JWT155
January 3rd 2019


14385 Comments


I wouldn't say go biggest screen Talons, go for best soundsystem with the biggest screen

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


42191 Comments


nice, absolutely incredible movie

can't recall the last time I actually gasped out loud at a movie but "her eyes were green" fuckin got me

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
January 3rd 2019


16295 Comments


I loved this movie so fucking much. Tx for reviewing this Talons. Btw, if you are into Vangelis recently he is releasing a piano album this month I think.

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J() Alexander
January 3rd 2019


7678 Comments


Glad to see Sput finally talk about the great composers Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch.

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Darius the Great
January 3rd 2019


20665 Comments


shut up alex - Hawks



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