The "Honest Trailer" for Blade Runner has finally arrived, and it's just as bitingly hilarious as you'd expect. Ridley Scott's 1982 classic has roared back to the forefront of cinema in 2017, with the long-awaited sequel Blade Runner 2049 about to hit theaters. Denis Villeneuve's follow-up to Scott's original has drawn rave reviews for its striking visuals and thematic complexities, which are some of the same reasons why the first Blade Runner has endured as a sci-fi landmark.
But of course, no film is safe from the makers of the popular YouTube series "Honest Trailers", which has recently skewered some of the best offerings of the year, like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Always willing to point out that your favorite movie isn't perfect, the series has also heaped on the sci-fi in recent weeks with its uniquely incisive brand of satirical "trailers", taking aim at Alien: Covenant, Ghost in the Shell, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's relatively rare that the series would go as far back as the 1980s, but a film as iconic as Blade Runner is certainly worth it.
Thanks to clamoring fans, the "Honest Trailer" for the original Blade Runner has finally become a reality. You can watch it above via Screen Junkies. The video comes in hot, describing the legendary, prolific Scott as "the visionary director who only makes big, visionary hits - or big, ambitious disasters." As you might expect, the "trailer" also lampoons the fact that Blade Runner infamously went through multiple recuts, culminating with the director's "Final Cut" in 2007 ("We good to go, Ridley? Sure you don't want to mess with the ending again? Throw the voiceover back in?"). Much of the video focuses on its structure, setting and aesthetics, succinctly describing it as "film noir with robots."
The trailer cleverly and caustically points out what even the most diehard Blade Runner fans would have a hard time denying. It's a slowly paced film featuring lots of staring at photographs, TV screens, and eyeballs. It "broke the all-time record for number of film geeks insisting it's genius." The final "twist" may be too ambiguous for its own good; is Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) a replicant? "Maybe? It's pretty subtle and depends on the cut." Foreshadowing its "film noir" quip, the video remarks that Blade Runner is far from "your daddy's bright and shiny sci-fi" because it features "rain and cigs and hookers and stuff." Perhaps the funniest problem with the film in retrospect is that it presented what's supposed to be Los Angeles two years from now - which may be just a bit off.
Ultimately, the trailer makes a salient point: if Blade Runner were a perfect film, it wouldn't have had to be recut so many times. Even the "Director's Cut" wasn't Scott's true final vision. But any longtime fan of the original has likely heard all of these same issues raised ad nauseam. "Honest Trailers" has simply found a way to present them in the series' own darkly comic way, and won't necessarily change anyone's mind.
Perhaps some of those who have insisted the Blade Runner is "genius" or not overrated won't take kindly to the flippant tone that "Honest Trailers" took on what's become such a beloved classic. The truth is that it did inspire countless films that came after it, which the video acknowledges. At this point, even the most inescapable truths about the original Blade Runner can't take away from its lasting legacy and influence. Still, the monolithic status of the original doesn't make its "Honest Trailer" any less amusing or accurate.
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Source: Screen Junkies
- Blade Runner 2049 (2017) release date: Oct 06, 2017