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Blade Runner 2049

Lyn and I went to the cinema yesterday afternoon/evening to watch Blade Runner 2049, and I'm more intrigued than when I rewatched the first part last week. While there is slightly more daylight in this sequel - just a tad - the mise en scene is no less ominous and dystopian. Walking to the cinema under a sky spookily reddened by sahara dust put us perfectly in the mood for a great noir, and that was exactly what we got.

Blade Runner 2049, then, is a great film: as many critics have been telling us, it is every bit the equal of it's prequel. To be honest, though, I think I badly need to rewatch it, as I think I may have missed a few plot points. Nonetheless, I still feel able to make a few comments about it. First of all, it struck me as quite a Lacanian film: it was all about the relationship between the Symbolic, Imaginary and Real. What is real? What is merely created as symbols? And what do we imagine? As with it's prequel, this film raises all kinds of questions about the nature of reality. It's rather like The Matrix films in that sense, inasmuch as it is science fiction used to convey highly intriguing philosophical ideas. Memories are part of the Imaginary Order, yet in this film they are created; does that make them Symbolic? Memories make us who we are, but if memory can be manipulated and recollections can be deliberately given to us, who are we? I would love to see a proper Lacanian reading of these two films.

I don't want to say much more: I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't seen it, and, as I say, I think I need to rewatch it before I do any proper writing about it. If you haven't seen it, though, you must. It was great to see Harrison Ford back in the role of Deckard, and although I thought it dragged on ever so slightly, as we rolled home last night my head was abuzz with ideas and questions - Blade Runner 2049 had done exactly what a film is supposed to do.

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