March 19, 2007

You Disappoint Me, Harrison Ford

Nothing says fun on a Sunday night then a screening of a 1982 sci-fi thriller, Blade Runner. Even though it stars Harrison Ford, a potential perk of the movie since the rest of the actors were 80s B-listers, even he was a disappointment most of the time. Harrison is supposed to do the beating, not the other way around. What a disappointment.

That aside, I really find myself at a lack of appropriate things to comment about this movie. Sure, I could go on about how for most of the movie Val and I were making dirty comments about when Harrison and a Replicant were going to hook up, or how the unicorn was completely random and useless and how 2019 is in the very near future and we are no where close to having flying cars. But as a piece of literary criticism?

I found the mood and the tone of the movie a bit, shall I say it, "uncanny". There was that (as Freud went on and on about) sense of dread throughout the entire movie and we know that something bad could happen at any time (the anticlimactic music didn't help). I would like to believe the future is a bit more, um, sunny than what was presented but having a dark and rainy setting heightened the experience of the uncanny. Had it been light and cheerful, how afraid would anyone have been of the Replicants? Also, as readers/viewers we imagine the future to be a wonderful place, full of amazing electronics, no war, and all our problems solved so we can merely enjoy the non-UV ray containing sun. Although idealized, I think everyone expects (or at least hopes) for the future to be, if not better, clearner, happier, etc. than now. But to take away what is expected, make it dark and full of Japanese people, weird guns and rain- that is a bit uncanny, dontcha think?

Scott, dir. Blade Runner (Director's Cut) -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by VanessaKolberg at March 19, 2007 3:36 PM | TrackBack

I couldn't agree with you more about Harrison being a disappointment. I found that his main role in the movie was to be a drunkard. The only excitement that we had out of him was when he was chasing down the Replicant in the streets, but even then the Replicant beat the snot out of him and Rachel had to come and save him.

That aside, I have been thinking about what you said and about something my dad said.

First to what you had to say about the movie. I agree that the darkness aspect of the movie gave one a dreary look of the future and I guess that that is a bit uncanny, but on the other hand the scenery is nothing but a dirty Los Angelos.

Now to what my dad said. After explaining to him what the "uncanny" is he replied with well doesn't that describe all science fiction. It made me stop and think that my dad's a pretty smart guy. I was stuck on the fact that I thought the movie was aweful instead of looking at the idea that science fiction really does carry a lot of the "uncanny." His example was Star Wars and looking back I think that he is right.

Sorry about the long comment. Fingers just kept typing. lol.

Posted by: Tiffany at March 19, 2007 9:48 PM

Vanessa, this is your funniest blog entry ever :) I was def doing the WTF? when the unicorn came along too. I tried to get something Freudian in that cuz of dreams and all, but the unicorn was so out of context (not to mention I have an unbridled hatred for them) I wanted to puke. Tiffany and Vanessa, whatever happened to Harrison Ford being a hottie? I must be young cuz I didn't think so, but the sloppy drunkard that gets the crap kicked out of him was a good description. Thanks, Tiff. Basically all this rambling is going to do is show that I think the movie was sucky too with some Freud thrown in for good measure and I mentioned the abundance of Asians also in my blog. Good thing, or I would've blogged about Unicorn hatred and probably gotten attacked by the Stir-up Pants Wearers of America, so thank you again, Vanessa. LOL.

Posted by: Erin at March 21, 2007 6:09 PM

Haha thanks Erin. Glad you liked it.

Posted by: Nessa at March 22, 2007 10:09 AM
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