Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Blade Runner (1982)

Film: Blade Runner (50/250)
Critics Poll: 69th 
Directors Poll: 67th 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

50 films down! Woo! What better for the 50th film than one of the most visually distinctive science fiction films in recent history? And we all know how much I like a good sci-fi movie. I love how much of a completely designed world this is. It's here but it's not here. It's dark, it's neon-lit, gritty, futuristic, multi-cultural, with humans and replicants coexisting, and it's so freaking STYLISH.  The film is beautiful in its harshness. Shoulder pads, ripped nylons, heels, severe hairstyles, black black black. I could happily watch this movie on mute. Harrison Ford's aloof acting leaves a lot to be desired (by the way, DO NOT watch the version with his voiceover!) but it's so strong visually that I can overlook a lot of that. It's not that he's terrible, he just seems so bored. Another actor may have given it a little more something, and maybe could have pulled off the voiceover, too. I also love the themes of mortality and humanity. What makes us human? Who gets to decide who lives and who dies? Aren't we all just complex machines? What separates us, really? Are my memories real?? OMG AM I A ROBOT???? Quibbles aside, this film has a lot going for it. Just please, again, don't watch the version with voiceover. It doesn't need it. It's plenty film-noir without it. 

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