The Visual Symmetry Between ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & The Original
— Updated on 16 September 2022

The Visual Symmetry Between ‘Blade Runner 2049’ & The Original

— Updated on 16 September 2022
Garry Lu
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Garry Lu

There’s a certain expectation to be met with sequels. Especially so with sequels to films as iconic as Blade Runner. The legacy of the original must be respected, while breaking new ground to keep things fresh. Thirty-five years on, Blade Runner2049 stands as a testament to how much this Blade Runner mythos still resonates. But with it came the obvious need for an update. And not just thematically either.

Blade Runner 2049 has been applauded by critics and fans alike for its masterful execution of both story and spectacle. Cinematic talents, writer/director Denis Villeneuve (ArrivalSicarioPrisoners) and cinematographer Roger Deakins (SkyfallNo Country For Old MenThe Shawshank Redemption) managed to recapture the atmosphere and emotion of the original while making it essentially modern.

In a side-by-side comparison below, we see how key elements of the original’s mise-en-scene have been replicated. A dignified nod to the past, if you will.

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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]

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