Can you capture magic twice?

'Sometimes to love someone, you gotta be a stranger.'

Harrison Ford's Deckard glowers at Ryan Gosling's Officer K, his face stained with sweat and blood, fiercely gripping a glass of whisky in his grimy fist.

I hope that's not giving anything away to anyone who wants to see the new Blade Runner 2049 and hasn't made it to the cinema yet.

I don't consider myself a science fiction nerd, and yet something about the original Blade Runner catches the imagination and runs away with it. I suspect this may have something to do with the fact that, crammed amid the eye-popping visuals and mind-bending technological inventions, is a sizeable portion of magic and spirituality.

Blade Runner 2049 is an entertaining enough film but, in my opinion, the bittersweet beauty of Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer's) 'tears in rain' monologue from the original has not been topped.

Maybe in some instances, you can't capture magic twice.

Pearl

 

Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner

Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner