What is Harrison Ford’s nickname? He probably doesn’t have one. It definitely isn’t his vibe. But if you had to say his name quickly, like if it was a sort of emergency, would he be pissed you called him Harry? Hare? I can’t imagine Ryan Gosling goes around referring to Harrison Ford by any kind of nickname – or anyone Harrison Ford has worked with, really. I even feel weird just calling him Harrison without the Ford.
Anyway, here they are, Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, with Ana de Armas, in Madrid promoting Blade Runner 2049 which opens on October 6. Really curious how this movie is going to do at the box office. It’s been a rather volatile year at the box office. There’s been a lot of handwringing about what’s worked, and what hasn’t worked, and why it hasn’t worked.
Blade Runner is a cult favourite. It’s been 35 years since the original. Harrison Ford’s agreed to come back. Ryan Gosling is his younger counterpart. Denis Villeneuve, an acclaimed filmmaker, is directing. How will it be received? Will it attract an audience beyond fans of the original? As mentioned, I’ve never seen the original. Until recently. I started watching it…and didn’t finish it. I stopped at the “love scene”. That love scene made me really, really, really uncomfortable. Right at that moment I was interrupted and didn’t feel like going back. I probably will, eventually. But I had to text Sarah about how unsettled I was at that part. And she told me there’s actually been a lot of discussion in the years since the film was released about that scene in particular, problematic now as we’ve become more aware of misogyny and about consent. Some people are as disturbed by that moment as I was. Some have defended it as passion and overcoming replicant programming.
If you’re a fan of Blade Runner, what are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them.