Blade Runner [1982]

This movie was made 8 years before I was born, and I waited 27 years to see it.

I always heard good things about it, but I never really felt super-compelled to get into it. I just knew it was “one of those important scifi movies”, like Ghost In The Shell or 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Finally watched it today, since there’s a sequel coming out and I’d like to watch it in the cinema.

If you’ve watched lots of contemporary sci-fi, Blade Runner seems a little old, slow and quaint. But you can see that this was a show that inspired many others.

Some notes:

  • “Have you ever retired a human?” Good question
  • Deckard was pretty rapey towards the lady, troubling stuff
  • “Like tears in rain” I heard that line was ad-libbed – demonstrates Replicant’s capacity for poetry, for appreciating beauty and splendor
  • “It’s a shame she won’t live, but then again who does…”

“In Blade Runner, as in all science-fiction, the “future” is a style. Here that style is part film noir and part Gary Numan. The 40s influence is everywhere: in Rachael’s Joan-Crawford shoulder pads, the striped shadows cast by Venetian blinds, the atmosphere of defeat. It’s not just noir, Ridley Scott also taps into 70s cop shows and movies that themselves tapped into nostalgic style, with their yearning jazz and their sad apartments; Deckard even visits a strip joint as all TV detectives must. ” – Why Blade Runner Is Timeless

I generally agree with this redditor that the story was a bit weak:

Many scenes in this film kind of just happened with no real set up or warning. For example, Deckard all of a sudden has an obsession with these photos that he found at a house that I didn’t even realise he went to, and then we get this long scene of him looking at one of the photos and eventually finding an image of a replicant within it, but how did he know to go see her or that she was a replicant? Along with this, there were some story elements that, for me, went rather untouched and felt as if they were introduced and then disposed of immediately.

With that said, I found Blade Runner to tell its story visually rather than literally. I found that the film really focused on long scenes of the characters with no real dialogue and a great emphasis on the ambient score, and for me this fell flat a few times and occasionally got on my nerves as I often had trouble understanding what the scenes were about.


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