Bladerunner 2049 Needs an Editor!

(a quickie film review; I’ll try to avoid spoilers)

I’ve been a big fan of the original “Bladerunner” since it first showed in the theaters, so was really looking forward to this sequel. I avoided seeing any trailers or reading reviews, so I could view it with fresh eyes. I’m sorry to say that it feels to me like a self-indulgent “director’s cut” that needs to be cut by at least an hour.

Clearly, the director is enamored of his creative settings and beautiful visuals, which I did enjoy, but he lingers way too long on each visual (and on actors’ faces for angsty emotions). Don’t get me wrong — as anyone who reads my novels knows, I love colorful settings. My dear, departed mother once told me that she skipped my landscapes so she could get to “the good parts.” And I forgive many a movie sin if the settings are interesting and gorgeously filmed. So when I say that much less would be way more for this film, it’s an unusual criticism.

For instance, the old, abandoned casino was really cool, but did we need to follow our bladerunner for 10 or 15 minutes while he wandered through it without anything happening? Did we need to follow him for at least 5 minutes (felt like a half hour) while he slooowly stepped through the industrial basement looking for an object we all knew he was going to find, while Loud and portentous music pounded the message home, in case we didn’t get it?

I also confess I am not a fan of Ryan Gosling, but was keeping an open mind. As my husband Thor commented after he had left for a stroll and returned to the theater, “Does he have more than one expression? At least they cast him well this time as a robot– and he didn’t have to sing.”

*****

You will now find The Rambling Writer’s blog posts here every Saturday. Sara’s latest novel from Book View Cafe is available in print and ebook: The Ariadne Connection.  It’s a near-future thriller set in the Greek islands. “Technology triggers a deadly new plague. Can a healer find the cure?”  The novel has received the Cygnus Award for Speculative Fiction. Sara has recently returned from a research trip in Greece and is back at work on the sequel, The Ariadne Disconnect.

 

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About Sara Stamey

Sara Stamey’s journeys include treasure hunting and teaching scuba in the Caribbean and Honduras; backpacking around Greece and New Zealand; operating a nuclear reactor; and owning a farm in Southern Chile. Now resettled in her native Northwest Washington, she teaches creative writing at Western Washington University. She shares her Squalicum Creek backyard with wild critters and her cats, dog, and husband Thor. Visit her BVC Ebookstore bookshelf.
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5 Responses to Bladerunner 2049 Needs an Editor!

  1. Sara Stamey says:

    P.S. — I’d love to hear from any of you who love, hate, or can’t decide about the film!

  2. Sherwood says:

    My spouse loves the first one, but I’ve never made it past the ten minute point, on three or four separate tries. I’ll have to ask him what he thinks when he sees this one. (I also have to ask if he knows the origin story behind the film, i.e. the story that sparked the film, which is horrendously creepy, not in a good way.)

    • Sara Stamey says:

      I always find it interesting when my friends have such diverging tastes! It is odd that the Philip K. Dick story, which the first Bladerunner movie supposedly was based on, has very little resemblance to either film.

  3. I’m with Sherwood, couldn’t watch the first movie. Bogged down in the first 20 pages of the book and have no intention of seeking out the second movie.

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