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I think you'll be disappointed like I was.
If you want to go, do it and go 3D since you probably don't have it at home and you'll dl this in two months when a HD release is out and watch it without 3D like 4 times in a week. Might as well get the 3D in.
If you don't really want to go, don't, it's way better than Prometheus and Covenant, there's some actual film-making going on here but it's nothing special substance wise, in fact, rather lacking and hollow imo. (I get this might be to give you the perspective of the main character, but it doesn't make for good film.)
First off Hollywood can't make movies like they did in the 80's so I wasn't even expecting that. I wasn't really expecting anything.
It's pretty shit imo.
Long and slow, not an action film at all, the original wasn't either. This was more like a drama with a little bit of whatever Apocalypse Now is, odyssey?
Yea, it's a bit trippy and the visuals and film technicals are cool, but nothing mindblowing. It has kind of an elegant air to it. With long stretches of calm and minimalism suddenly erupting in short brutal violence.
It's got that minimalist futurist style we've seen a million times since just after the Matrix. Covenant does it too but not nearly as good.
I watched it in 3D and I think people should if they see it in cinemas, some scenes definitely felt like they were made for it, and I think it only adds to the film since it lacks in pretty much everything else.
I mean it's not an embarrassingly offensive terrible waste of time like Prometheus and Covenant are, but it's not much more than an ok somewhat good movie.
I was watching it stoned too so I think the 3D worked better some friends didn't think it was all that great but my eyes got used to it and it was pretty cool and worked better than I though.
Other than the visuals and a few things they get right here and there (not the straight up samples from the original though) it was very slow and almost boring.
It's a small focused story mostly on Ryan Gosling, not many characters at all and the environment that literally denotes Blade Runner, the futuristic city, well there was very little of that, no big street scenes like you'd expect.
Instead we get very barren places like a whiteish desert, oddly lighted hallways (a bit cool, but meh,) and a broken down metal factory.
Some car scenes over the CGI city kinda cool, but still meh.
Ok so visuals over, story? Character developments? Acting?
Not much to tell really, the film seemed to focus on the visuals rather than any kind of heartfelt or intelligent substance.
Yea there's some meta and the idea that the synthetics have become so human that they cry and have emotional lives is cool, there's a kind of line of humanity bleeding into the machines and of course the main thing about them being able to reproduce like humans somehow, cool, but left very unexplored for such a long movie, mostly just mentioned.
I didn't care about the characters at all and nothing really was there for us to get a hold of either.
I made faces at a lot of sour notes in the style and art choices such as the billboard choices. Obviously Sony and Coca Cola were on in this film lowered the costs for Ridley Scott and Co, but it just felt lame.
When I saw the Coke logo, I just thought, no, too casual, too first choice, should have been Kodak. Don't know why but it would look a lot better.
And a major grievance I have. The over-explanation of the plot.
There are more than a few times when the plot has been advanced and the audience has learned something, done very tastefully. Where you're like nice I get it, well transmitted, I'm not 100% sure, it leaves that 1-2 % of vagueness where it still slips into your mind on an intellectual level, where you guess the message a tiny tiny 1-2% but it's pretty clear what has been revealed.
Good right? I usuallly prefer more obscurity than that but it felt nice going into my brain.
But here's the problem. The film will literally just after this, give you another tell of what just happened. So now the elegant way to give it to you is ruined instantly because you are immediately assured that yes that IS what happened. So now you know.
Just to make sure everyone, even the simple minded, are fully caught up.
Major sour note.
But get this. There are actually 1 or 2 times where this is done an additional time after that! Literally just after the hadicapped plot assistance! Literally right after it there will be a scene where someone says it out loud. the police woman in the office saying out lound, synthetic births!?" Juuuust to make sure even the family dog knows what's going on. Felt very amateur, like in cheesy action movies where the characters will make a stop in the momentum to explain to other characters what has happened and what they are about to do. Completely contrary to the minimalist, moody raw style the film is tuned to.
Another gripe is the overselling of sex. We get, it the future is a sleazy place there's hologram bikinigirls. Do we need to see that 9 different times? With vulgar ass and naked tit shots? What happened to the elegant Geisha from the original?
This was more like a pornhub plugin rather than an enticing pink holographic hint or tease.
And this can be used to summize the difference between this move and the original.
The original was made by a mature mind and it's an adult noir film. This is more like a millenial raised on bangbros and post Y2K hollywood futurism.
IMDB does stars out of 10 right?
I'd give it a 5.6 (Prometheus and Covenant are both 1s.)
Decent try but lacks any authentic momentum to keep you interested and following along. Instead abrupt violence is used to jolt you back to focus.
Slow development is boring and simple.
It really is a mold of its time now where movies are geared much more toward being an experience than a relaxing immersive kind of film-making that the original (and Apocalypse Now) is. Today you are supposed to leave the theater exhausted after strong imagery or brutal violence and decadent nudity there to provide discomfort and illness.
The synth Jared Leto sees born female naked and oily and then disembowels.
Or to crudely tug at sexual reactions, ironically just like the advertisements parodied / referred to. The film does it clumsily and fails in the same way with that.
The main villain is super hero-tier dimensional.
But yea the action is good, well done, but let down of course by no substance being there for us so we care about the outcomes.