“Every civilization was built on the back of a disposable workforce, but I can only make so many.”
I had waited a long time. I had waited before I knew there was anything to wait for. Anything to anticipate. Then when I knew there would be more my heart sank. For I knew…I knew..that it would bring despair. That it would fail to emulate what Bladerunner was to me and that was a cornerstone of my artistic identity. When the date was announced for the new film Bladerunner 2049 I just had to see it. I had to. I had to know. So when tickets came online they were bought and to the cinema I went.
So…how was it?
I will ignore all that has been said about it being boring…you don’t get it. I will ignore the lack of cinema revenue…who cares it will be a legend. I will ignore the pedants who laugh at it…no one will remember them. My thoughts after nearly three hours in the seat is that Bladerunner 2049 is a masterpiece of film making and it restored my faith in the medium. The best film in a decade.
The universe set up in the original film survived and was expanded. Atari and the Soviet Union are both still going strong. The visuals were stunning and the music…souring and epic. For me the giantess of the virtual billboard was a highlight.
A core tenant in the film was the nature of what it is to be Human and the reactions of the Human with the Enhanced and now the Virtual too. All too relevant for the world as it is now and as it will soon be too. After all her eyes are blue but they should be green.
I could wax on for an age. But I will not. I loved this film and I will continue to do so. Do yourself a favour and see it. Also do yourself a favour and ignore the critics and their screeching about feminism and other issues..they will never be happy. This film is a gem.