I noticed a couple during one scene in rainy LA, just before K goes to the bar – a few people had umbrellas, some with light-up tops, one or two with illuminated poles. I was happy to see that little nod.
That was something that struck me – how this was very much treated as its own film, with some small references to the original, but was in no way a retread based just on nostalgia. It would’ve been very easy for a lesser director to make a checklist of things to make fans smile – Vangelis music, a big geisha eating a cherry, the off-world colony blimp-thing, “he say you Brade Runner”, a few Voight-Kampf tests, some Ink Spots jazz music, and cameos from Daryl Hannah and Rutger Hauer – but Denis Villeneuve really went his own direction, and I appreciate that.
I thought Jared Leto did a fine job and had no problem with Ryan Gosling, especially when teamed up with Harrison Ford.