I finally got around to seeing the new Bladerunner film at the cinema.
I want to start this post by saying I am a diehard original Bladerunner fan. I watch at least once a month and I simply adore it. So I was really nervous about watching this film!
This was a good film… if it was standalone and not a sequel to Bladerunner. There was just something missing. Some Bladerunner magic that I didn’t get from Bladerunner 2049.
I think the thing that’s so great about the original Bladerunner is that there is actually very little storyline but great characters, great sets and great atmosphere.
The tension between Deckhard and Rachel is perfect. That his visit means she discovers she’s a replicant. How they are drawn to each other.
Then there’s the other replicants. Their desire for more time that drives them to search for answers on earth.
That’s it. A simply story line in a fabulous industrialised future world. Bladerunner 2049 has A LOT of plot. It’s very complex, very detailed. There is a lot going on all the time. This didn’t feel like Bladerunner to me.
Then there is the set. I truly think we lose something with CGI. All the sci-fi films around this time from Stars: A New Hope to Bladerunner built sets. For Bladerunner it made the future world feel really grungy and real. We lose this in Bladerunner 2049.
However, there were several positives to this film. Ryan Gosling was fantastic. His portrayal of a replicant was simply amazing. He reminded me alot of Leon Kowalski, the replicant tested at the start of the original Bladerunner. He was an amazing character. A true part of the Bladerunner universe.
I thought his relationship with Joi, the hologram, was very well done. She looked slightly like Rachel and it felt very Bladerunner.
I thought the 30 seconds of screen time they bought Rachel back was really unnecessary. It was obviously not her and added nothing to the storyline. I knew from the start they would do it but I didn’t get anything from it.
I enjoyed the twist at the end. There was so much story I hadn’t really had time to think things through and the ending was great for the film.
Overall I enjoyed this film, but I didn’t enjoy it as a Bladerunner sequel. It has some really good elements and as a standalone sci-fi film was really good. In my opinion Ryan Gosling really made this film what it is. But for me it was quite Bladerunner.
Have you seen Bladerunner 2049? Let me know what you think below!