One of my darkest, deepest secrets is that I could never get myself to love the original Blade Runner, which would get me kicked out of most nerdy, cool kid clubs. I've gone back to Ridley Scott's 1982, Sci-fi classic multiple times, but just like sushi and ice skating, I've never acquired the taste for it. It's a movie that I appreciate from afar, and don't open my mouth when other people are talking about it.
So now here we have our first taste of Blade Runner 2049, a film directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Sicario) and featuring a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Jared Leto, and - of course - Harrison Ford.
There could not be a better casting for this movie's protagonist than Ryan Gosling, who has shown in films like Drive and Only God Forgives to be the perfect lead for ultra-stylized, action peices. I'm confident Gosling's turn as Officer K will prove to be a more than capable heir to Rick Deckard.
It's a big year for fans of Ridley Scott's early sci-fi films. His attempt to salvage the wreckage of Prometheus with the new Alien movie, Alien: Covenant seems to have mostly succeeded. It almost seems like sacrilege to try to add to the Blade Runner universe, but it appears that Scott has stacked the deck in his favor with his choice of director and cast.
Maybe this will be the rare case of me enjoying a sequel more than the original.