I'm often asked, "What's your fave sci fi film?" and invariably, it will be either Aliens, Alien or one of the Star Wars films. There is a huge genre to choose from and Ridley Scott will be always top of the charts for me. But lately, its really become a one horse race by more than a length.
Blade Runner is consistantly right up there in the top two, but now it must be relegated to a definite close second to its own sequel; Blade Runner 2049.
I watched it with some trepidation and not inconsiderable nervousness, as Scott has seemingly dropped the ball with the last two films in the Alien franchise and even Star Wars has begun its mutation into something other than Lucas would have produced.
However, I was more than pleasantly surprised, more like mesmerised, especially on the second viewing. Villaneuves slow pacing and hypnotic visuals, tying into the established look of 2019 L.A and the expanded replicant universe which grew from the 1982 original, serves to enthrall and engage the viewer.
Without giving anything away for those who have yet to witness the cinematic spectacle, it is visually stunning and aurally entrancing. The film shows a wonderful stylistic evolution from the first film, without moving away from the dystopian multi-cultural society shown in Blade Runner, but now adds the expanded replicant strand to civilisation. Whereas Nexus 6 were more prominently used off-world, thirty years later, new model replicants have become part of the fabric of everyday life.
Its fascinating to see Ryan Goslings character's close relationship with an A.I, an earlier iteration of artificial conciousness to the much further evolved replicants.
Beautifully realised and managing to answer some of the mysteries alluded to in the first film, it also creates some of its own and leaves the way open for a final piece of a possible trilogy.
If a third film is planned, it really would have two tough acts to follow, as for me 2049 is far and away, my favourite science fiction film of all time. So far anyway..