Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★

The Alamo Drafthouse is showing this film for one night only. On a Thursday. I really wanted to see it on the big screen but a fucking Thursday?! Such it is with most of the older films they screen. I am filled with constant sorrow. So, just like every other time, I bust out the BD and watch it anyway!

My third time with the film but my first with the Final Cut. I don't have the film committed to memory so I can't pick out most of the differences but I really enjoyed this cut. It moved a lot smoother than I remember it and breezed by which I definitely don't recall the film doing before. That could be the edit of the film or simply because it's my third viewing and I'm settling into the groove of the film more. 

I love the look of the film. Everyone does, it's the aesthetic that has defined futuristic film ever since. But I also love the cinematography. This film still looks fucking GOOD. It's hard to believe it was made in 1982 with how good it looks and that just pulls you into the film even further. I'm obsessed with its take on the classical noir yet did not like the shoehorned noir narration shoved into the theatrical cut. The film benefits so much from just breathing and feeding us it's visual aesthetic. It gives the noir feeling that I find highly appealing and absorbing. 

The film is still a bit too loose in the mid-section for me but even those sequences have merit. The whole film is filled with wonderful sequences but I'm still not 100% sold on it as a whole. But I know that will change in time. It always does with me and I'm already far too interested in the film and enjoy watching it too much for anything else to be the case.

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