This isn’t a think piece or a prediction article where I theory craft the hell out of this film. You want that, go somewhere else.
I believe in walking into a film with minimal expectation because having hype usually doesn’t make anything better and today it feels like all the websites out there talking about film or books or comics are there to do just that. Here’s the trailer if you haven’t watched it yet:
What I will talk about is the opening in this trailer, which might be the opening to the film, and how it uses the unused original opening to the original Blade Runner.
In the documentary Dangerous Days: The Making of Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott talked about wanting to have Deckard visit a farming operation in order to get some information about a different case that didn’t relate to the rest of the film (To my recollection that is). The opening was cut for narrative reasons, but it appears it now lives in the opening of 2049; at least in setting only. I have no idea as to the content of the scene, but I am looking forward to seeing Dave Bautista in his thinking man’s role where he throws another man through a wall whilst wearing glasses.
That’s a detail I noticed in this trailer, and even then it might be the machinations of my ever maddening mind to want this to be the case, but if it isn’t, it’s cool. I do applaud the editor of this one as it isn’t giving away too much of the plot while still showcasing the film that I and many others are excited to see.
Another reason why I am excited for this movie is that the director Denis Villeneuve said, “Ryan Gosling and I made peace with the idea that the chances of success were very narrow,” he said. “I came on board because the script was very strong. But no matter what you do, no matter how good what you’re doing is, the film will always be compared to the first, which is a masterpiece. So I made peace with that. And when you make peace with that, you are free.”
Taking on a project like this has so much baggage that it could crush anyone approaching it. I like the fact that Villeneuve has a realistic expectation as to how his film will be received. He knows it will be panned by some and maybe loved, but he isn’t out there touting how it will be as good as its predecessor. As a creator, I respect that point of view, because you can only make the best that you can make. In the wake of long held off sequels, I think we could use this kind of honesty when approaching the project.
It appears that 2049 will be a very sincere film and today we need sincerity. But that topic is for another day.