BLADE RUNNER 2 Pre Release - Page 13
Oh, I tried too. I'm open to interpretations. I mean, a punk rock terrorist Charles Manson was not exactly how I thought The Joker should be interpreted, but Ledger's Joker turned out to be one of the great screen villains.
Leto's Joker didn't inspire confidence from the first glimpses. I was onboard with certain shots of him in the trailer. Then I finally saw the movie.
There are many problems with Suicide Squad - the way it handles female characters, the scattershot narrative, David Ayer's id gone haywire despite being confined to a studio-exec committee and a PG-13 rating - but introducing The Joker as a white trash creep of a pimp and the personification of misogyny, coupled with Leto's Mega Method approach to the role, was legendarily bad.
Suicide Squad is better than Batman 5 Superman on many levels. But Leto's Joker makes Eisenberg's shrill, overreaching Lex Luthor look iconic.
Of course Leto's joker is bad. It's written terribly, and it's a flashback side-note character not even involved in the actual plot (such as it is). It looks like they jammed as much of him into the movie as they could to distract from the other dreck. Unless Leto had something to do with the writing or directing, then I don't see how it's actually his fault, other than perhaps he should have turned the role down.
Anybody else getting a NOT Tron Legacy vibe from this? I hyped myself up so much for Tron Legacy, the letdown actually soured me on movies in a way that I never fully recovered. See also: Rogue One
Anyway, last movie I got this excited about was Fury Road.
Wow, Simon Pegg isn't looking too good these days.
Yeah, that was really bad. The music was cheesy and obvious. Leto mutilating his henchman like a DTV action movie villain. The slick floaty camera tracking.
The Speak N' Spell voice isn't bad in theory, but everything about that scene was awful. "This is a bad thing you are doing! We are witnessing ungoodness!"
Why in the world would the creative team behind this film decide they needed to copy the Prometheus/Covenant short film thing? The only excuse would be if it was mandated by Ridley.
The short is... nothing really, it's barely a story so its hard to judge. Slick cinematography is fairly easy to do. I'm trying to get onboard with Leto but whatever he was doing was awful and I have a feeling the movie will collapse under the weight of his awfulness. I said this when he was first cast, but how do you go from the amazing Joe Turkel to fucking Leto? It's like going from John Cazale to Adrian Grenier.
Also, it's really stupid to have Leto try to do something weird, when he has enough trouble just acting as a normal person. It's like adding weights to someone on a treadmill.
Blade Runner 2049 has plenty of things that might bring it down besides the weight of Leto's awful.
Sidenote: Requiem for a Dream is aight. Like, it has plenty of cool ideas in terms of the audio-visual patterns it uses, and it's got some heart to it... but, yes, it's basically an afterschool special with MUCH better acting and production value. It's just pretty gimmicky, and its characters are more concepts that people, though Burstyn brings the goods.
I did love it when it came out because there's a sort of film school transparency to it that I really latched on to, but since haven't found enough depth in it to really maintain my esteem of it. But a nifty visceral experience and still one of Aronofsky's better films, I think.
Comparing 30 Seconds my Arse to David Bowie.. well.. well... fuck off.
Director has just done a spectacular job on putting me off seeing the film.
So I find that at least cautiously encouraging.
Updated upon further thought, I have a hunch where this story is going finally... I'll spoiler tag it in case folks want to skip my thinking.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
The food shortages post-BR led to a population freefall. Humanity was basically on the road to extinction on Earth. Leto's character steps in with 2 things - GMO food for cheap that can survive and be mass-manufactured on Earth, and new Replicant models for off-world (because of the ban).
Between BR and BR2049, 2 things happen: Leto convinces the government to lift the Replicant ban, and the only food anyone on Earth eats is his GMO stuff. The human population is now very small on Earth, likely less than 500,000,000.
What has actually happened:
Babies born to humans who eat his GMO stuff are Replicants. The entire future of the human race on Earth and off are thus Replicants. He believes Replicants are superior and the only hope "humanity" has of surviving long-term. He's engineered the human race to become Replicant in order to save it.
With the ban lifted, Replicants are basically just waiting for the last non-GMO humans to die off to formally take over civilization and start fixing things. K, a Replicant Blade Runner, and whoever gives him his orders have heard rumblings of some Replicant "underground terrorist plot" or something, and he's investigating what it might be.
Deckard probably figured this out long ago and has been just hanging out after Rachel died.
What the endgame is I'm not sure, because there's not really any "going back." But that's a story I could sink my teeth into, could see Villaneuve getting excited about directing, could feel like a solid sequel to Blade Runner, and seems to line up with all the data we've been given thus far.
Hope it's this.
Edited by Analog Olmos - 9/11/17 at 4:40pm
I'd much rather have a Replicant/Human buddy cop movie than 2.5 hours of "IS ONE OF THEM A REPLICANT?????"
So I find that at least cautiously encouraging.
Updated upon further thought, I have a hunch where this story is going finally... I'll spoiler tag it in case folks want to skip my thinking. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
For a hot second I thought this said "Republican/Human buddy cop movie".
Human Cop: Hello, sir, we're with the LAPD and we want to ques...
Republican Cop: Oh, fuck, he's black! <Pulls out gun. Empties clip into witness>
Human Cop: I'm getting too old for this shit.
Ha... ohh what a bitter laugh this gave me.
Johan Johansson is no longer involved w/ the score at all, having been fully replaced by Zimmer.