I always hated the theatrical version to The Blade Runner, and still do to this day. What that means is I always hated The Blade Runner, that is until I saw The Final Cut in 2017.
When 2049 came out, Regal did a Double Feature, so I decided to do that instead of just the new one, and boy did I love it. The film works so much better without that dreadful VoiceOver work (which also dates the film a lot), the updated coloring to scenes as well as visuals, and the fully restored scenes and better ending (yes, I hated the ending too).
The movie was quite beautiful looking (especially for a film made in 1982). I actually liked Sean Young in this movie, and loved the scene where Deckard meets Rachael. Such an iconic scene. I loved the way she looked in this, very youthful and pretty. Its a shame her career fell apart fast.
I remember Darryl Hannah being a big selling point for the promotion of this film, and her role was not even big, and she barely spoke. I did like the fight scene with her though, doing all those flips.
The Final Cut is actually really good, authentic with incredible ambience and created a fantastic atmosphere.
Then comes 2049..
Another film that created a beautiful world to look at, incredibly atmospheric and ambient, and is a fantastic film overall, but the characters felt more empty, and I did not like Jared Leto in this at all. You could see him acting, and the scenes with him took me out of the movie a bit vs the rest. The film just looks so beautiful, and should have won Oscars for its visual effects.
My favorite character in the movie was played by Ana de Armas. She was so likable and empathetic in this, and the perfect love interest (even if just a Hologram) for Gosling. Great film, deserved more love and praise.