Oct 23 2017

Blade Runner 2049: Dystopia With a Happy Ending – Maybe

Blade Runner 2049 is still in the theaters and has a rotten tomatoes score of 88%. While long, it’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

If you have never seen the original, please see it before you go. And, if you haven’t seen the original in the past six months, please-please-please watch it again before you go. There are so many wonderful linkages and homages between the two movies that you’ll miss them if you aren’t fresh on the original.

The original is set in Los Angeles in 2019. That’s less than two years away. It was made in 1982 (about 37 years ago). We still don’t have flying cars or jetpacks. Maybe we’ll have them by 2049. Harrison Ford has aged a little but he’s still an amazing actor. The evil genius inventor is different but is still the evil genius inventor. Replicants are still the future, maybe. The visual beauty of the movie is magnificent. Atari is still around. Dystopia is still dystopic.

All the important questions are asked in the film.

  • Who are we?
  • Where did we come from?
  • Where are we going?
  • How much time do we have?

And, most importantly, Blade Runner 2049 brilliantly sets up a sequel!

On our way home, Amy and I had a long debate about whether K dies in the end or is just chilling out in the snow and is finally happy for once.

Oh – and Joi is way more interesting than Samantha (from Her).


Also published on Medium.