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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.)

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  • OldeSword

    …Where did Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze go? Why is that guy still spraying blood?

    This is going to get real bad, isn’t it?

    • Justin Peniston

      I don’t think it’s going to get bad in the way you think. That first panel is less than seconds after the previous panel. Hunter slashes him and then body-checks him.

      Hey, where is Tzetzem’Tze’Tzemoze?

  • MSD3000

    Sounds like the new Blade Runner is similar to Where the Wild Things Are. Weird, fascinating, thought provoking, and entirely over the head of the audience that thought they wanted it. That actually makes me want to see it more. Thanks 🙂

  • motorfirebox

    And his last thought before he passed out from blood loss was, “She elbowed me in my chest-jewel! So rude!