– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Director Ridley Scott is a filmmaker with a real workman’s mentality. If you’ve ever seen any of his interviews, or have followed his career, it’s very evident that he approaches each film as a project manager. Sure, he’s got the creative aspect down, but more than anything, he’s one to do his work on time and under budget (he brought in the most recent Alien: Covenant under budget, and famously managed to reshoot all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes in All the Money in the World in just nine days, prior to its release).

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With all his years of experience under his belt, he’s also never one to mince words. When he doesn’t like something, he says it. Recently, he discussed his issues with the Marvel and Star Wars approach to filmmaking, and in the same interview, he is asked about his thoughts on this year’s Blade Runner 2049. In that film, he served as producer, but passed the reins onto Sicario and Arrival director Denis Villeneuve.

But what were his thoughts on the actual film? Here’s what he said:

“[Whispers] I have to be careful what I say. I have to be careful what I say. It was fucking way too long. F**k me! And most of that script’s mine.”

Indeed if there’s one comment that has been spouted off consistently, it’s that the film does skew a bit to the long side of things. Though, given the number of years it had taken for that sequel to hit, as well as the meditative pacing of the original film, it isn’t really a huge surprise. However, with as big a budget as the movie received, it’s possible that some moviegoers were expecting more Transformers and less Ex Machina.

What do you think of Scott’s comments? Do you agree that the film was too damn long? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: Vulture

  • J-man The Great

    The runtime isn’t the problem, this movie is easily forgettable once you leave the theater. It was entertaining but there wasn’t anything even remotely memorable like there was with the original.

  • noahwayne0

    I think Ridley Scott is jealous another director made a much better movie than he ever did.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Ridley was a great film maker at one time who made some memorable films. But lately he has been falling short of the mark and his interviews make it sound like he’s oblivious to this.

  • It’s better than the original though…

  • Derek NOLA

    the movies plot was really boring personally… all i know is whoever shot the film just give them the oscar now… if anything just looking at the visuals is worth taking a look but the plot was very confusing… i saw the first one right before watching it and this ones plot was just a little too much for my taste… and when i googled the plot synopsis since i was lost i realized the reason i didnt catch on is because it wasnt a good plot… i never cared much for anyones character save the hologram and goslings character… i never understood anyones motivations for why they did what they did or at least not enough to care

  • Kronx

    Could’ve trimmed the junkyard/orphanage stuff quite a bit.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.