I finally got around to watching both the original Blade Runner and the new Blade Runner: 2049 films back to back. It had been years since I watched Blade Runner and seeing it cleaned up on a HD screen was a much better experience. It was just as gritty as I remembered it but somehow I understood the story better.
After reading Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, it was hard for me to see who the two stories were cohesive with one another. The only thing they have in common is the question of what does is mean to be real? Deckard has a great line in the new film when asked if the wolf is real, he says, “I don’t know, ask him.”
The new film has the same style as the first both visually and musically. I know that it’s not normal to keep with the same level of design for sequels but for Blade Runner: 2049 it really worked to just have a few graphic improvements but keep with the gritty post apocalyptic-cyberpunk feel.
I am not a movie snob by any means, I like what I like and that’s all that really matters to me. It’s not about what is most artistic, best written, best acting, or what other people think. Very rarely, will I watch a film that I don’t think that I will like. I can normally tell within the first five minutes of a movie if I will like it or not. I don’t like slow dramas, if I want drama, I will watch a TV series.
Both Blade Runner films have good pacing. The newer one is much longer but somehow it still works. There might be a few scenes where the main character, K, is staring at his hand for way too long but it still works.
The ending to the new one was a bit abrupt, leaving it open for a follow up film. I kind of hope that’s what the plan is. At least with the original, it had a good ending that wrapped everything up. This one left it open for some kind of epic battle to take place in the future between the replicants and the humans.