Gosling is very good in BR 2049. He's a pretty boy etc. etc., but he's the best thing in that movie.Two very different films Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 with two very different leads.
Harrison Ford was the ideal Blade Runner of the original, hardened and cynical yet the possibility is that he may turn out to be the very thing he hunts.
In contrast Ryan Gosling had an innocence about him, engaged with a deep internal struggle that he may actually be the very thing he serves.
I thought it was a wonderful contrast of character between the two films.
Ford's performance in BR '82 has received mixed criticism. I was watching a review of it on Red Letter Media recently and the two reviewers were absolutely merciless in ripping his performance apart. Worth looking it up.
I thought it was Ford's best role! His character is a very intriguing fellow. Jaded, dejected, cynical and waaaaay past it. He's no match for Nexus 6 replicants. Zora beats him into submission as does Pris who then inexplicably performs soubresauts and back flips whilst Deckard reaches for his gun???
Leon kicks lumps out of him. Fortunately, he's saved by Rachel.
Some Bladerunner eh? "I need ya Deck, I need your magic!" Yeh right! The guy's a joke!
In spite of all that, at the end when he's hanging for dear life from the steel girder, he spits in death's face - literally spitting at Batty. That moment redeemed him completely.