Harrison Ford’s 21st Century Trifecta

The teaser trailer for Blade Runner 2049 was just released. The trailer offers the first glimpses of  an older Rick Deckard and the movie’s release date, 10/06/2017. Upon it’s release Blade Runner 2049 will complete Harrison Ford’s 21st century trifecta. The trifecta being Ford revisiting his three most iconic movie characters: Indiana Jones in 2008, Han Solo in 2015 and now Rick Deckard in 2017.

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I welcomed his return as Indiana Jones with open arms. The original Indiana Jones trilogy was all that one could ask for in action and adventure moviemaking. Yet there was still a desire in me for more from this great character. It felt like there was some unfinished business. The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull was a fun and satisfying way to see the character off. For me his adventures, as portrayed by Harrison Ford, now felt complete. But I am open to the role being recast, with the right young actor.

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Ford’s return as Han Solo in The Force Awakens is a different story. The original Star Wars trilogy felt complete to me. There was a window of time in the late 1980’s where another trilogy, post Return Of The Jedi, felt right. But as time moved on and the actors grew older I felt that the limited window had closed. As a fan I was not clamoring to see an aging Han Solo. I understand the force of nostalgia, but I was good with the memories of a young Han Solo. The Force Awakens obviously proved that  I was in the minority. I must admit that it was good to see Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker on the big screen again. However, the only character that really made sense being involved in a new Star Wars movie was Luke Skywalker. But, that’s just one fan’s opinion.

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The world of Blade Runner is wide open with possibilities. Rick Deckard is just one of a group of Blade Runners, so the story possibilities are vast. After viewing the teaser trailer I am now a bit excited and intrigued. Seeing Ford as Deckard, at least one more time, should be a thrill. I am still keeping my expectations low, but I do look forward to this long awaited sequel. Whether he is involved in further Blade Runner movies remains to be seen.

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Harrison Ford’s Big Three

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As a huge fan of Harrison Ford’s movies this photo really caught my attention.  Rick Deckard, Han Solo and Indiana Jones are arguably Harrison Ford’s three most known movie characters.  One could debate the merits of whether or not they are the greatest characters that he ever portrayed on the big screen.   I would say that they are my three favorite Ford characters.  He has portrayed many great characters over the years including Richard Kimble, Norman Spencer, Jack Stanfield and Allie Fox, just to name a few.  However these three are the ones that really stand out. These characters, Harrison Ford’s big three, have stood the test of time and continue to live on in the hearts and minds of many fans, mine included.  Seeing them share time together at a bar is rather cool idea. Great execution by the artist that created this image.

Harrison Ford: A Long Time Ago

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A big Happy 74th Birthday to my favorite actor, Harrison Ford. He has had an amazing film career spanning five plus decades that is far from over. I have been a huge fan since 1977 when he appeared in a little film called Star Wars. I feel very fortunate to have witnessed his growth from Han Solo into arguably the biggest movie star in the world during the 1980’s and 90’s.

Throughout the bulk of his career it is apparent, based on the earnings of his many films, that fans prefer to see him playing an action hero. That being said, he has appeared in some criminally overlooked movies throughout his career. Movies such as The Mosquito Coast, Frantic, Regarding Henry, Hollywood Homicide, Firewall, Paranoia and The Age Of Adaline. They may not all be classics, but they showcase a different side of Harrison Ford. As great as he is in action oriented pictures he is just as capable in dramas and comedies. If you have not seen any of these lesser known films I would highly recommend them.

Below, in no particular order, are my ten favorite Harrison Ford movies.

Blade Runner (1982) – A timeless classic, a movie like no other. Whether you watch the version with the voiceover or without it’s still a great, iconic film.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980) – The greatest Star Wars movie, and Han Solo at his best.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – As great as Han Solo and Rick Deckard are, I believe that Indiana Jones is Harrison Ford’s greatest movie character.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) – Harrison Ford and Sean Connery are absolutely fantastic together, one of the great pairing in movie history.

Firewall (2006) – I know that I am in the minority, but I really love this movie, a throw back to the action movies of the 1980’s and 90’s. He may be grey, but he’s still the man. A tense action drama that builds to a satisfying conclusion.

Presumed Innocent (1990) – Far from a perfect movie, but a great cast and a phenomenal performance by Harrison Ford.

Regarding Henry (1991) – A big change of pace from the action hero audiences were used too, but his performance is emotional and heartwarming.

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) – A bit darker than the other Indiana Jones movies, but this is prime time Indy.

The Fugitive (1993) – A roller coaster ride of action and drama from Mr. Ford.

The Mosquito Coast (1986) – What a shame that barely anyone saw this movie. He was nominated for an Oscar but failed to win. For me this is his best acting performance to date.

Blade Runner – New Questions

I was driving earlier today, recounting a rather long and vivid dream that I had last night. This dream got me to thinking about one of the quieter scenes in the movie Blade Runner and some questions that never crossed my mind before.

In the movie, after Zhora and Leon are “retired”, Rachael and Deckard retreat back to his apartment. After some talk Deckard cleans up his wounds and winds up falling asleep. Rachael sits down at Deckard’s piano and begins to play. Deckard slowly awakens, approaches Rachael at the piano and says, “I dreamt music”. Rachael plays again and replies, ” I didn’t know if I could play. I remember lessons, I don’t know if it’s me or Tyrell’s niece.”

This got me thinking, what childhood memories would she have besides Tyrell’s niece? Would she be able to read music and play piano based solely on the implanted memories or was this a built in replicant ability? Bryant refered to her as a Nexus 6 and Tyrell stated that she was an experiment. That’s pretty much all that we know about Rachael. As a replicant we do not know her Incept Date, her Function or her Mental and Physical Levels. Are replicants able to learn new skills on the fly, or are all of their abilities programmed?

One of the many great things about Blade Runner is that even after many repeated viewing over the years you still see new things. You still may have new and unanswered questions. These questions continue to help keep the movie fresh and inspire yet another viewing.