Many thanks. Now I am really torn.......
Sacrilege! One of me favourite movies you’re talking about here!
The original stood out for portraying a truly dark, cross-cultural dystopian future with all its man-made fuck ups intact. Sneaked in to watch it in 1982, a 14 year old starting to get out an about in South London. The movie’s release came a few years after the first Star War movies, and seemed perfectly timed for my life, then. Ghost Town hadn’t long left the charts, think the first Brixton riot kicked off about a year before, and the Falklands War was winding down - if that helps rekindle the Maggie era zeitgeist.
The film carried a sweeping scale without needing to leave planet Earth, or introduce alien jazz bands. Though not my taste in music at the time, even the Vangelis soundtrack was epic, helping cement the surreal impact when first watching a massive blimp broadcasting Geisha girl adverts pass Harrison Ford, eating his noodles. Far fetched, flying cars, laser guns, but still a shitty planet where man’s most advanced creation was hunted down and killed for money, even though it was asking the right questions and showing more humanity than humans themselves. Seemed a more believable kind of Science Fiction to me, and therefore more possible.
Not sure half of that sank in at the time. just thought it was ace...
Don’t think you need to re-watch the original or recall it’s detail to appreciate the sequel, so long as you can remember the premise would be enough. The new one’s good - decent cast, storyline and loyal to the noir detective style. Great effects, cityscapes, soundtrack too. Enjoyed it, but it does run pretty long. But try the original again - any version without Ford’s narrative running over the top - cos it’s still really good, evan a bit dated after 35 odd years.