Blade Runner: Week 11 Blog Post

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner certainly exhibits many of the elements that give the film noir genre its unique mood and style. In the film, the lighting and play of shadows serve to give the setting its essential noir mood. With the use of what appears as natural light and shadows casted upon by any nook and cranny created by the film’s complex setting, Scott is able to set an uneasy and mysterious mood to each scene.

As already examined in the lighting, film noir serves to give its viewers an uneasy mood. The film uses rain to do just that by portraying many of the actions and deaths outside when it is present. The eccentric setting itself also carries out this mood as it takes place in a lively future Los Angeles. However, the city is ultimately cold and almost inhumane.

Perhaps the result of combining the genres of noir and sci-fi, the clothing that specifically Deckard and Rachael wear seems out of tune with the futuristic setting that the film takes place in. Instead, their clothes look as if they were taken straight from a noir film of the early twentieth century. This yet again adds on to the vibe of the film.

Also common in many noir works, the theme of femme fatale is evident as well in the film. This idea continues on with the notion of latent sexuality that the film at times evokes. For example, prior to when Deckard kills the first woman replicant, he is distracted by her seduction of him, which leads to her almost killing him. Although they should not be trusted, women that convey this quality seem to always lead the male protagonist to danger. The film’s abrupt ending leaves this notion open because the viewers do not know if Rachael can truly be trusted or even what will happen next. In any case, at its core, Blade Runner is truly film noir and serves to show the originality that genre mixing and film can still have.


One thought on “Blade Runner: Week 11 Blog Post

  1. I had not thought much about the effect the lighting and weather had on the film noir mood but you are absolutely correct. Each scene either takes place in the rain, the dark, or during the day in a ratty apartment. The exception to this is the scene where Rachel is introduced which was clearly done on purpose to show that this is something the audience should pay attention to. It could be taken as a metaphor that Rachel is the bit of light in Deckard’s life. I also agree with what you said about the setting being futuristic but the clothes are still the same as they were when the movie was filmed. However, I believe that if the costumes had been elaborate and futuristic as well, it would have taken away from the movie and provided useless distractions from what was important. I find the connection you made between the two female replicants interesting as now I wonder too if Rachel can be trusted.

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