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Old 12-28-17, 06:25 PM
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Interesting. I'm a big fan of the original BR, and went to the new one figuring it would be a disappointment, but hoping it would be at least decent. To my surprise, it was outstanding. Frankly, I was blown away by how good it was. In my opinion, a 100% worthy successor to the original. Maybe the best movie I've seen this year. I'd rate it above Dunkirk, and I thought that movie was very good.

I consider myself to be fairly cynical, maybe a bit too much of a glass half empty person if I had to admit it. I should be one of the people dissatisfied with 2049, really, given how much I like the original. But I have to say, the new BR was great, in my opinion.

My only beef with it, if I had to look for one, would be Robin Wright's character. Not sure she was the right person for that role. But a minor carp, and easily overlooked given how good the rest of the film was, and the rest of the casting decisions. Heck, I don't even particularly like Ryan Gosling in general, and I thought he was very good.
Hi, thanks for that input. Glad you enjoyed the film. You know, I'll probably watch it eventually when someone donates a disc and says "here, watch this". I can get up and hit the toilet, pause the film, skip scenes etc at home vs. the moviehouse. From what I understand, BR2049 shared a denigrating view of humanity along with other recent Sci-Fi blockbusters. I don't prefer to expose myself to that kind of propaganda without a choice of respite. I have to brace myself for it.
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I'd say Hollywood tries to maximize their bottom line from all markets. The USA is the number one consumer society in the world and it's reasonable for studios to take a path of least resistance to profit taking. Some films do not translate or relate well to global audiences. In terms of overall cultural exports (movies, music, celebrity, sports etc), America is undeniably the most influential at spreading it's toxic contamination globally. Untouchable really.
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Hi, thanks for that input. Glad you enjoyed the film. You know, I'll probably watch it eventually when someone donates a disc and says "here, watch this". I can get up and hit the toilet, pause the film, skip scenes etc at home vs. the moviehouse. From what I understand, BR2049 shared a denigrating view of humanity along with other recent Sci-Fi blockbusters. I don't prefer to expose myself to that kind of propaganda without a choice of respite. I have to brace myself for it.
Not all the drama is on the screen when you watch a movie, eh?
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Hi, thanks for that input. Glad you enjoyed the film. You know, I'll probably watch it eventually when someone donates a disc and says "here, watch this". I can get up and hit the toilet, pause the film, skip scenes etc at home vs. the moviehouse. From what I understand, BR2049 shared a denigrating view of humanity along with other recent Sci-Fi blockbusters. I don't prefer to expose myself to that kind of propaganda without a choice of respite. I have to brace myself for it.
It has the same denigrating view of humanity the original did. Do you hate that one, too?
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I think Angie Han should get a stern talking to and tell her to lighten up a little (and ride a bike)

In 2017, blockbuster movies stopped taking humanity for granted
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It has the same denigrating view of humanity the original did. Do you hate that one, too?
The original Star Wars, Star Trek & James Bond films had an element of campy fun to them which has since evaporated. They were fun to watch.

The original Blade Runner (OBR), was for me, a metaphor that human life is precious and limited. it was creepy! Who wants that type of world. Best to be avoided. Thankfully humans don't have programmed incept dates. OBR was a reminder that we have only one Earth and we best look after it. Maybe aspies like Jeff Bezos models himself after a Eldon Tyrell and wants a bunch of Nexxus 6 working in his warehouses sorting books. If everyones job is replaced by an NX6 who'd have any money to buy what he's selling <insert mobius loop error here>
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The original Star Wars, Star Trek & James Bond films had an element of campy fun to them which has since evaporated. They were fun to watch.

The original Blade Runner (OBR), was for me, a metaphor that human life is precious and limited. it was creepy! Who wants that type of world. Best to be avoided. Thankfully humans don't have programmed incept dates. OBR was a reminder that we have only one Earth and we best look after it. Maybe aspies like Jeff Bezos models himself after a Eldon Tyrell and wants a bunch of Nexxus 6 working in his warehouses sorting books. If everyones job is replaced by an NX6 who'd have any money to buy what he's selling <insert mobius loop error here>
It's a metaphor made with all artificial people.
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It's a metaphor made with all artificial people.
I see the replicants as merely a symbolic device as part of the story used to make a statement about certain aspects of humanity itself.
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I see the replicants as merely a symbolic device as part of the story used to make a statement about certain aspects of humanity itself.
I don't think any thoughtful piece of (especially) science fiction ever boils down to one simple platitude. Blade Runner has always been about issues that are speculative in nature, but on the horizon as we explore gene modification and artificial intelligence. It is a what if? about problems that we don't yet have and an invitation to step out of human skin in our thinking.
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I don't think any thoughtful piece of (especially) science fiction ever boils down to one simple platitude. Blade Runner has always been about issues that are speculative in nature, but on the horizon as we explore gene modification and artificial intelligence. It is a what if? about problems that we don't yet have and an invitation to step out of human skin in our thinking.
There's no triteness in what I said. We're talking about a film that can be interpreted any way the viewer sees fit even if divergent from the original intent(s) of the writer. Dicks' dead now so we can't drag him into a bike forum to clarify on aspects. For you, BR has been about the uncertain what-ifs and stepping outside of what someone would consider human behavior. If the film was a religious experience for you that way then you got your money's worth. Whether some would say that one of BR's motifs comments on the cheapening of human life by functional supply and demand via duplication or it's likening to a commercialized form of mass produced Frankensteins is up to them. It's a film that still has strangers talking about it 35 years after it was released, to it's credit.
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I saw the BluRay version today. Trerrible 2 hours and 49 minutes of pretentious doo-doo without ANY redeeming qualities. At least I didn't spend any money on it as it was a loaner from the library.
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There's no triteness in what I said. We're talking about a film that can be interpreted any way the viewer sees fit even if divergent from the original intent(s) of the writer. Dicks' dead now so we can't drag him into a bike forum to clarify on aspects. For you, BR has been about the uncertain what-ifs and stepping outside of what someone would consider human behavior. If the film was a religious experience for you that way then you got your money's worth. Whether some would say that one of BR's motifs comments on the cheapening of human life by functional supply and demand via duplication or it's likening to a commercialized form of mass produced Frankensteins is up to them. It's a film that still has strangers talking about it 35 years after it was released, to it's credit.
I didn't call your post trite.
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I saw the original back in the day at the behest of my girlfriend's brother, who said it was the best movie he'd ever seen. Neither my girlfriend or I liked it or even understood the point. I just remember it was very dark, literally and figuratively, and I didn't feel good when it was over. No plans to see the new one.
It was meant to be very dark. It wasn't a feel-good movie.
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I'd say Hollywood tries to maximize their bottom line from all markets. The USA is the number one consumer society in the world and it's reasonable for studios to take a path of least resistance to profit taking. Some films do not translate or relate well to global audiences. In terms of overall cultural exports (movies, music, celebrity, sports etc), America is undeniably the most influential at spreading it's toxic contamination globally. Untouchable really.
yep, and some movies do far better overseas than in the USA. I've talked to a local second-run theater owner. He says he is open to suggestions but shot down all of mine. I've suggested "events" like the Lord of the Rings trilogy shown back to back (with bathroom / popcorn breaks) on a weekend. 1 ticket to see them all. There are plenty of movies with sequels or remakes that could be shown like that. He states that DVD sales are death to ticket sales, that once a movie is released on DVD, no theater will run it. The handful of revival showings are probably done for free or nearly free royalties.

BTW, the Roman Catholic Church lead the way on spreading it's contamination globally for 1,000 years. The USA has only been exporting influence for less than 100 years.

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It was meant to be very dark. It wasn't a feel-good movie.
Yes, apparently so. But this is just not my thing. I will say one thing positive for it however,. It clarified for me that such movies are not my thing. That's probably saved me a bunch of time and money over 35 years.
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I would not describe Blade Runner 2049 as "recycled plots and CGI veneering over trite storytelling." You would know that if you stayed for more than 20 minutes.
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I stayed away from seeing this one in theaters. The Final Cut was damn near perfect, and it was a film that didn't need a sequel.

But I eventually rented and really liked it. Ryan Gosling was very good in the film, I liked the back and forth between him and Joi, and I liked the mystery of K.


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I think this could have been just as good, if not better, had Harrison Ford NOT been in it.
Buy they needed that connection to the original to promote it, and then they had to have CGI Sean Young to show off their technical skills.

It was still a beautiful film, the cast minus maybe one or two were amazing. But the studio or producers tried too hard to make it more Hollywood than it should be, including the forced subplot in order to make it a franchise.
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As the progenitor of this thread, incept date 12-28-17, I'm following up to state I stand by my decision to have walked out at the theatre. I subsequently watched it not that long ago on a loaned BD disc.
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Wow. All this deep introspection re: Blade Runner and BR 2049. For me it was all about Sean Young. Gorgeous!


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fun fact: I share a birth date with Sean Young...
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