I must confess that I didn’t get into Blade Runner until a few years ago. I had of course heard of the film, and enjoy Harrison Ford, but for some reason I had never watched it before. I decided to take the plunge with the director’s cut. It was really long but I loved it and ended up watching all the other cuts just to see what the difference between them was. The first movie is seriously fucking awesome.
So when Blade Runner 2049 was announced I was extremely excited. I couldn’t really find anyone else who was into it though. I tried discussing the movie with my wife, friends, and co-workers but I couldn’t really get anyone to say anything about the movie other than that they had seen it before. I ended up going and seeing it by myself, which I don’t really mind. If I want to see a movie enough and can’t get any interest from my wife or friends i’ll rock it solo. Plus we just got one of those awesome theaters with the comfy chairs that you can pick your seats online before so I snagged the best spot in the house and rocked it by myself.
So I snagged some popcorn and a giant diet soda and partook. It did not disappoint. I actually ended up liking it more than the original. Probably because I never watched it in the 80’s and don’t have fond memories of the original to look back on. The film honestly blew me away. It was brilliantly acted and the visuals and feel of the world were perfectly captured. If you are into Blade Runner and haven’t seen the new one there are some short films that act as a story lead in to the movie that I highly recommend. Here’s a link to them on Youtube, Blade Runner short films.
I was seriously disappointed in the lack of box office and Oscar love for Blade Runner 2049. I will probably end up voting for this nominee for long form presentation because it is that damn good. I still have two movies to watch in this category so I’m at least going to consider the group as a whole but Blade Runner 2049 is going to be hard to beat. I think it’s now time to watch the new episode of Barry, a new Bill Hader show on HBO. If you haven’t watched it yet, go check it out right now!