As we get to the end of the year, you know we will be inundated with the best of lists we all either dread or come to love.  With all of the excitement about the upcoming release of the latest Star Wars movie, I felt I had to write about a little movie I thought was the actual best movie of 2017.
That movie is Blade Runner 2049.  
Released 35 years after the 1982 original, I was blown away by everything about this movie.  It was over 2 and a half hours long, but it could have gone on longer, as far as I was concerned.  It was a gorgeous-looking movie with fascinating ideas about what it truly is to be a human and what our memories truly mean to us.
Harrison Ford is truly The Man when it comes to actors.  He’s practically a legend and he does not disappoint here.  Ryan Gosling is also pretty good here.  The entire cast is flawless.  The direction by Denis Villenueve is absolute perfection, aided considerably by his director of photography Roger Deakins.  The score by Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch.  It’s a testament to how good this score was that I immediately knew I had to get the soundtrack after I saw and loved this movie.  I’ve had it almost a month now, and I am still listening to it in my van on the way to and from work.  It’s that good.  
Unfortunately, Blade Runner 2049, like its 1982 predecessor, didn’t do all that well at the box office.  It was one of those movies the pundits swore would open with a fifty million plus opening weekend, and when that did not happen, they threw cold water on the box office by proclaiming its 32 million opening weekend as a failure.  You’re just out of the starting gate and already you’re called a failure. Gotta love it.  
The movie had pretty good reviews, rating 87% on the Rotten Tomatoes site.  IMDB has it rated at 8.4.  Its final box office stands around 256.8 million, which wasn’t bad, but when it costs more than 150 million to make, that final number tends to make the accountants at Sony and Warner Brothers a little on the sad side.   
Still, I urge you to check this movie out.  I know I am in the minority.  I know movies like Thor Ragnorok and Star Wars The Last Jedi are what makes the most money these days.  But, if you’re looking for something different, I hope you check out and can appreciate Blade Runner 2049 when it’s released on digital on demand in a few weeks and then on DVD next month.  
It’s really that good.