I love The Bitten/Ryota Nichiren’s look of surprise in the background of Panel One.
#Squirrel and I went to see Blade Runner 2049 today…we saw it in IMAX, and that was definitely worth the extra cheese.
There’s so much to unpack in the film, I DEFINITELY need to see it again. There was so much to take in that I have to have missed something, even if it doesn’t feel like I did.
I’m not 100% sure about how well it addressed its themes…and I’m not 100% sure what those themes were. Usually, I grasp theme pretty quickly, but…it feels like there is more beyond the obvious questions about what exactly defines “humanity.” (Maybe “personhood” is a better word than ‘humanity.)
I’m not clear on how much I liked it, which is a weird feeling. I DID like it, and I feel like, as a storyteller, it has a lot to teach me. I did NOT like it as much as I like the original, which was so much more a film noir than this was.
I very much liked that it wasn’t a buddy film, which the marketing could fool you into thinking. Harrison Ford only shares top billing because he’s Harrison Ford; this was very much Ryan Gosling’s film.
Is it weird to think that an expertly made movie (and make no mistake, this was a masterwork of craft, in my opinion) deserves to tank at the box office? This is in no way a film for the average moviegoer. It’s long, complex, and isn’t an action film…but it’s still big-budget sci-fi. Someone, somewhere, should have known better than to spend $155M this way.
That said, I am SO glad this film was made. It was made for people like me. (#Squirrel liked it too.)