A Sci-Fi masterpiece.
I was a little late to the party viewing the original Blade Runner (1 year ago) and, after i watched it, I really appreciated how it had developed to become such as cult classic. The creativity, in accompany of, and not limited to, the philosophical, existential view on what it means to be human. This view has been explored numerous of times recently, but Blade Runner, which was made in 1982, sets the tone for others to follow.
I would advise watching the original before diving into the immersive world that is Blade Runner 2049. My initial fear when i first saw this was that it was going to be a cash grabbing sequel that would all but ruin the original, how wrong i was.
The plot in Blade Runner 2049 is very minimal, it follows a replicant (a blade runner) set on a course to find a baby which was conceived by another replicant. This is the first of its kind so you can imagine, everyone who is finding out is losing their shit.
As minimal as the plot is, the dystopian universe you are in is so expansive, the detail to each corner, each outfit is aesthetically gorgeous. The neon lights contrasting to the bleak, dark background enhances the futuristic feel but feels so native and true to the original. Each scene seems to have been designed in its own independent way; as if every moment had been leading to this, a visual masterpiece which integrates itself perfectly into the narrative.
As much as this film indulges in ‘What does it mean to be human’, it also looks at the abstract feeling of love. Subtle actions and reactions remind you that the replicants aren’t human, yet, as they organically grow and learn about the world, the existential questions sink in. Can love exist between two replicants? What does constitute as ‘love’? The ideology around love with it being an abstract and subjective feeling really leaves the viewer questioning is what they are seeing ‘real’? The love for your species, the love for another, romantic love, these are all explored in subtle ways throughout, all contributing to the real human emotion. The stand-out feature of this film is the cohesion of the cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s electronic score to create a nail-biting, mind-swirling journey.
For me, this is one of my favourite films. It has taken me three viewings to really appreciate the depth and the detail that has gone into this film whilst still being a fantastic Sci-Fi movie within itself.