Blade Runner 2049 has been out for a week now, and I’m loving it. Five days after seeing it, I finally managed to think about something else for a few minutes, but I still want to go back and soak myself in it again. The depth of introspection it’s inspired for me is a real blessing.
One of the things I love so much about it is its portrayal of elder characters. For continuity, and for the time scale required to construct an epic, some key characters are well over 30 years old. They are portrayed with grace, wisdom, and honor. Their perspectives and life experience are needed to help bring necessary social change to their fictional universe.
Robin Wright is almost my age, and she exists. Dave Bautista was originally told he was too young to play Sapper Morton. Ridley Scott is about to turn 80, and the only reason he didn’t direct this project was because he was too busy. And of course, there’s Harrison Ford.
I have no doubt that meticulous self care played a huge role in their success.
The original Blade Runner was in theaters in 1982. Were you able to see it back then? It’s special to me, because it was one of the first things I did for myself when I moved out from my cruel foster family. I had a car, some spending money, and the freedom to pursue my own interests without being punished or humiliated for having them. I connected that night with a piece of what empowers me.
It is 35 years old. That’s the same age that ageism kicks in for some of us, the age we “hit the wall,” forget how to innovate, become irrelevant. If you or someone you know was born in 1982, consider the fact that you are the same age as this film, which seems as current as its sequel. If you were born before 1982, consider the fact that you are in the same age range as the characters and talent in this film.
Blade Runner is still as relevant as it was on its inception date. So are you.
Blade Runner is entrancing, charismatic, and beautiful. So are you.
Blade Runner has important things to say about what makes us human, what makes us count. So do you.
Take care of yourself.