Does the movie live up to the hype?
I think everyone that grew up in the 1980s was looking forward to the remake of Blade Runner and a return of Harrison Ford. Stylistically with the photography and costumes, they knock it out of the park. Story wise I think there are a lot of elements to resurface: the definition of humanity, who is a replicant, will the female replicant lover survive and which one of the villains will die? Story wise its very solid with a lot of small twists and turns that is not ruined in the marketing at all. They show just enough to hook the audience of the sequel, but have enough newness that the movie stands on its own.
Although done stylistically, the new replicant maker Niander Wallace played by Jared Leto is even creepier than in the original Blade Runner with the Dr. Tyrell. Wallace has a much more sinister power play and ruthlessness that the first one kind of dilly dallies about. Tyrell is more monolithic power holder like a Soviet Minister while Leto is a power broker in a broken world and no sense of his responsibility to humanity vs. making another trillion dollars.
How were the replicants vs. the first film?
Was Harrison Ford necessary to the 2nd film?
Was the film too long?
This is a tough one. I think for all the story twists and turns, you need about 2 hr, but I think it might have been possible to chop off about 30 minutes from the film. It felt like a new film stretched to 1970s guidelines of slow plot build. I still like the film, but there are better uses of film that just simple beautiful scenery. Ask Quentin Tarantino on long shots that don't feel long, because the dialogue kicks ass. For comparison, the first film comes under 2 hours, so this is about 45 minutes or 20% longer.
Were there clever references to the last film?
Have you any art related to Blade Runner?
I think my Architectural Abstraction style really resonates with the future style and complexity of the Blade Runner world. The works usually have tears in the background, which is similar to the endless rain in the Blade Runner films as well as complex layering related to the dense cityscapes of LA in the film. Below is one of my most recent works.