Community correspondent Pete talks about a lesson that can be learned from one of his favourite films.
I’m excited because Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to one of my favourite movies of all time is now out in the cinema. I’m trying not to let the weight of expectation get the better of me (Alien: Covenant was a harsh lesson…).
Blade Runner is an important movie to me as it’s served as one of my go-to comfort films for much of my adult life. I love the pacing, the rich world, and the story. But mostly I love the characters.
The lead characters are androids, enigmatic outsiders who ultimately want nothing more than to be treated equally and given the same chances as their human counterparts. I have often felt like them, hiding my true self trying to replicate the people around me. I still do some days.
Ultimately, in my opinion, the film makes us understand that these androids of the film are no different from humans, and in fact in many ways they are more human. They want to be understood, they want freedom, they want to be loved, and to love. Just like most of us. We are all entitled to that opportunity.
The way some of the character behave in trying to find the answers they seek won’t go down too well in your local GP office, but I think Blade Runner teaches us that we all want the same things and we all deserve a chance to live as complete and full as life as we can.