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Blade Runner 2049
This is not a “review.” I already did that back when it was first released. These are simply my continued thoughts.
The original film was lost on me at launch. I was too young. It bored me. Years later I would re-discover this epic in my early 20s and it slammed my brain with everything awesome. It’s one of those films that, as you watch, it convinces your brain you’re there. You’re in the film. In the story. The music, often credited as the real reason most love the film, the visuals, and yes, the simple story, all combine to pull you in. It’s a warm blanket of sci-fi noir.
Blade Runner 2049 replicants(!) this exactly. For decades I was terrified at the very idea of a Blade Runner sequel. Not that there was no need. The world shown was MASSIVE. There were MANY stories to be told. Sure, what happens to Rachel and Deckard was interesting to ponder, but there’s so much more there.
No, I was terrified that if Hollywood tried to touch this again it would end up a disaster. I sat by happy seeing it was safely left to its own. A single amazing film.
Then Blade Runner 2049 appeared.
I went in to this film extremely apprehensive. I was already a fan of Villeneuve’s work. He was the BEST possible case for getting this new film created. I was disappointed that his long time composer was dropped. Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch took over scoring the film. The score is as important as the visuals in this world of Blade Runner. It’s an established symbiosis.
The result was a film that had me in awe as it unfolded before my eyes and ears. It was flashing before my eyeballs and slathering my eardrums in non-stop euphoria.
“They did it. They got it right!”
Any concerns I had. The constant mental, “body checking,” as the film progressed, were soon removed. I sat there and fell in to the world once again. Totally engrossed. Until…
…Tears in the Rain redux.
No! You did everything so completely right. I was near tears of joy as the film is wrapping up and then you yanked me clean out with this steal. I highly suspect this was a Hans Zimmer push to include his take on the song.
If you know Wallfisch’s work, most of the score is definitely his doing. The Tears in the Rain tribute has all the signs of Zimmer’s ego. I could be completely, and totally wrong. This could all be the Director’s doing. Regardless. It is the single tragic moment of this otherwise stunning piece of sequel filmmaking.
That song is Roy Batty’s theme. It’s not a random piece of music to play whenever some stoic death is presented. It’s Roy’s theme. Why did Hans or Ben not compose some beautiful new composition for “Constant” K? It’s a disservice. It really pisses me off.
The film is such a companion piece to the world of Blade Runner and yet it has this single stain. Sitting in the theater as this unfolded I was dumbfounded. I looked around, hands up in disbelief. Is this really happening? It was. I just shook my head and let the rest of the film finish. As the credits rolled, I was a mix of emotions. I went from total happiness to a nut punch. Which I’m still feeling the sting to this very day.
That’s it. That’s my mental dump for this film, this franchise I love dearly.