* Spoiler Alert ! Spoilers for Blade Runner (1982) as well as Blade Runner 2049 ahead. Only proceed if you’ve seen both films *
Okay, so either you’ve seen both the films or really want them spoiled for yourself! Anyway, you’ve been warned. So Imma proceed now.
Let me start off by telling you that Blade Runner (1982) is one of my favorite films. And like most people, when I saw it the first time around I wasn’t too impressed. (I saw the final cut by the way) Yeh, I liked the direction and the score was great but I found the finale pointless. I mean why did Roy Batty chase Deckard screaming all the while “I’m gonna kill ya !” when he actually saved him in the end ? Why didn’t he kill him while he had all those chances ?
I took to Reddit to look for answers and unsurprisingly, I found many. I realized how he wasn’t trying to kill him but show him what it meant to live in fear, what it meant to be a slave. He wanted to show Deckard that the life of replicants mattered too. Also, that tears in rain monologue was totally awesome!
I had totally missed the Deckard twist. I didn’t even realize that that the unicorn had some meaning other than to show that Gaff had been there. I couldn’t stop thinking about Blade Runner. I knew I had to see it again. So, this time I saw the theatrical cut. On my second viewing I understood some aspects of the movie better (like why Roy drove a nail through his hand in the third act – apparently that was to release adrenaline) I sort of didn’t like the voiceover and the happy-go ending but that one dialogue that Deckard said right after Roy’s death made the whole theatrical cut worth it for me. I still prefer the final cut though.
Naturally, I was really excited to see Blade Runner 2049. The trailers looked fantastic plus Harrison Ford was returning! Also It was directed by Denis Villeneuve! Could it get any better ? And of course, the movie lived up to all my expectations! It was freaking great!
The cinematography in Blade Runner 2049 is by far the best I’ve seen in any movie this year. Every shot of the film is just so beautiful. It really is a treat for the eyes! Seriously the desert that was Las Vegas and rainy Los Angeles in the future were captured so beautifully!
The film was really well acted too. Ryan Gosling’s performance was the reason why the slow pacing of the film wasn’t boring. Basically, everyone did a great job at what they were supposed to do.
Everyone was expecting that Blade Runner 2049 would answer the questions raised by the first film but instead we didn’t get any answers. Instead, we got more questions. But that is what made this film great. We were left with so many things to think and ponder for ourselves. I especially loved how they handled the question of whether Deckard is a replicant or not. We got some clues like we did in the first film but we never get a clear cut answer to this long burning question. Speaking of questions, here are some that I had when I finshed watching the film:
1. Is Deckard a replicant or not ?
2. Did Agent K really die at the end ?
3. Was Deckard’s dog eaten by the replicant rebels ?
4. Did Joi really have all those feelings for K or did she just tell him all that because she was programmed for that ?
5. Did Deckard’s daughter really have a immunity problem or not ?
6. Was Wallace himself a replicant ?
7. If Officer K was a Nexus 9 replicant who always obeyed orders, how did he not follow the orders and make his own choice ?
8. Was Deckard a Nexus 7 replicant who could reproduce or was Rachael the only Nexus 7 replicant ?
9. Was Wallace’s theory about Deckard made only to mate with Rachael the truth ?
10. Did all the replicants have that same wooden horse memory of Deckard’s daughter or did they have different ones of hers ?
11. What happened to the Replicants who were planning to start a revolution ?
Nonetheless, what made the film great were these questions that I’m sure will leave fans debating and discussing till quite a few years. The cameos from Gaff and CGI Rachael were totally unexpected for me. The CGI for Rachael was so good. That honestly is the best CGI I have ever seen for a person in any movie.
One thing that I would like to mention is how K’s twist and story arc was really great. How we were lead to believe that he was the miracle son of Deckard and Rachael, but it turned out that he was just an ordinary replicant. What made him special was the choice that he made about not killing Deckard and reuniting him with his daughter.
Another thing that I really loved about the film is how they used the Tears in Rain soundtrack by Vangelis for K’s death scene. This scene which mirrored Roy’s death from the first film was so magnificently done. In both these scenes, the replicant dies doing something for someone else which just proves how they are “more human than human” just like Tyrell said.
So, to conclude, I’d just like to say that Blade Runner 2049 has become one of my favorite films of all time and I might like it even more than the original. I’m not too sure on that, perhaps a second viewing will confirm it ? Or maybe it won’t ? Maybe I’ll still like the original more. Can’t really say for sure right now. But I had a blast watching this film and hope you enjoyed it too!