August 21st, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

Blade Runner 2049

Well, mostly I've been watching a lot of Dead Meat horror videos/podcasts. I also mooost of the way through a horror short story collection I'll talk about next week. But I did watch a movie this week:

Blade Runner 2049. K, a replicant (Ryan Gosling) on the LA police force discovers he (maybe??) has a personal connection to the most recent feral replicant that he "retired." This was... an experience? This movie is gorgeous, with a number of different, fully-realized futuristic settings. It's also really fucking long. I was not prepared for a 2:40 runtime. The plot is convoluted - I was hampered by having not seen Blade Runner in at least 15 years, so once we met Harrison Ford and started explicitly referring to events from the old movie, I started getting lost. I still don't understand the chain of events that happened prior to the movie.

I'd heard a lot about how male-gazey it was, so I was surprised by how many significant female characters were in it. Robin Wright as K's boss was an especially delightful surprise, and the main antagonist is also a woman, Luv, who works for the company that makes replicants. Luv has a whole lot going on, and I really wanted to know more about her. On the other hand there is an awful lot of just incidental female objectification in it, and not just in the nudity sense. K's AI girlfriend Joi was probably the worst of this, for me, as I didn't feel like she contributed anything to the story, and then she died.

My favorite part of the whole thing was probably the very beginning, to be honest, which features Dave Bautista! I've never seen him in a movie without his Drax makeup on, but I thought he did a great job, and apparently I am reflexively fond of any character he plays, now.

I guess I'm glad I saw it. I don't need to see it again. The director, Dennis Villenueve, is directing the new Dune, and this bodes well for Dune's aesthetics, at least.

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