After watching all the Star Wars last month (no blog posts! I enjoy my IRL friendships), I gravitate towards Harrison Ford pics much more than before. Plus, Tracie rolled her eyes and nearly fainted with offense every time I mentioned my ignorance of this movie.
And so I watched Blade Runner last night! I should note that I haven't done any internet research about this movie since watching it, and I might have a follow-up post detailing what I've learned.
First, I watched the movie with a fan that has seen multiple versions of the movie, so I might not be getting the full effect. The version on Netflix has a Harrison Ford voiceover that gives background and character motivations (a little). The movie didn't feel overly confusing -- it was clear that his mission was to kill four people that we think are robots because they respond to Q&A sessions in an ultra-emo way.
Whatever version it was, I liked it! I love the devolved Los Angeles as a character, like Crank foils it against its characters, amplifying crime and misery. But the rain was kind of unbelievable. Why didn't people wear boots all the time if it rained that much? Future LA makes it possible for people to live with both an excessive police force and open shots on the street. You know, in that scene where he kills lady-bot #1 with the clear jacket and the bra that doesn't fully close? He just pulls out his gun in plain rainy-daylight, lets a few loose, and hardly anybody looks up. 80's-influenced future is so, so awesome, where ideas had a gritty, boxy-gray, dilapidated disco feel to them, but it still felt like the 80's. So much multicultural influence. All those floating things in the sky. Guns from the set of a crime series, where good cops are still crotchety and drink alone because they're big softies inside. Videochatting. Smoking inside. Flying cars with vertical doors -- boom.
Unfortunately, I recognized the blond bad guy immediately, since I saw an animated gif on the internet months (years?) ago depicting his fate.
I liked the ethical implications in this movie. Robots who seemed rational and compassionate could commit murders, and it was somebody's job to off them, and he wanted to get out of that business. I liked watching the crimey underbelly of a second-place planet. I liked the engineer who wasn't allowed to leave the planet who decided to take the most supreme albeit soggy apartment in LA and fill it with the creepiest clown-bots possible.
But, as happy as I was to learn that there were female replicants, I was disappointed to hear about the pleasurebot model. I can only assume there were also males of this variety. I've just seen many zombie/apocolyptic/space age books and movies made after that point that heightens the damsel-in-distress-of-inevitable-rape (28 Days Later, The Road -- seen/read those lately), and it just shuts the door to the possibility of female protagonists. I can feel the influenced descendants of this movie, like the details of Minority Report's floating city, and the pre-programmed capabilities of people in Demolition Man, so I had hoped it would stray from this standard, but, hey, it's the 80's. :/ But, hey, we got some good ideas from Rachel, right Janelle Monae?
The greatest thing about this movie was the amount of thoughtful detail that didn't detract from the storyline. I feel like a lot of movies today focus on one innovative detail at a time so you don't miss anything, but it waters down the content and slows the pace. It was awesome to see flying cars, blimps, weird stoplights, people eating noodles outside, and a woman in a fur coat in the rain all within the span of a minute. Oh, and the FASCINATORS! So many hair-pieces in that club and I cannot find a single picture on the internet about it.
Finally, friends, why is he called a Blade Runner? I was thinking he would do some rollerblading or ice skating chase scenes. Not hoping, mind you, just looking out for them.
I wish I had jackets with Rachel's shoulders. SO BOSS.
It's pretty typical of me to blog about a movie's fashion, ethical plot, and lack of strong women, right? This thing was a goldmine!