While it sadly didn’t do the business at the box office it deserves, most fans of Blade Runner seemed to be pretty pleased with Blade Runner 2049. Some critics even suggested that it was better. I wouldn’t go that far, but it was far, far better than it probably had a right to be and and certainly belonged in the top ten of last year. However, Rutger Haeur, who of course played Roy Batty in the original film, wasn’t impressed with it at all. Several websites have reported that the man was interviewed by ‘THR’, and spoke very candidly about his views of Denis Villeneuve’s film.
“I sniff and scratch at it. It looks great but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground. In many ways, Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants, it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second film. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think”.
I would personally disagree with him saying that the film having no love and no soul, but the thoughts of Haeur are certainly important. I wonder what Harrison Ford, who didn’t seem to be that keen on the original Blade Runner for many years after he’d made it, really thinks?