049: Blade Runner

This is the seventh movie in my Ridley Scott retrospective.

Blade Runner is a classic. There are no two ways about it. Ridley’s Scott view of the future holds up really well amidst all the high tech wizardry that is thrown into our eyeballs nowadays. Especially on blu-ray. I decided to watch the final cut this time, but to be honest I don’t really know what the difference is between the versions. There’s was some controversy about a coda that was added to one version, but that’s wasn’t in this one. Whatever, the movie is great either way, in my opinion.

Although the plot is interesting, I have to admit I mostly love Blade Runner because of the way the movie looks. As I’ve mentioned several times already, Ridley Scott knows how to make a movie look good. He took his dirty science fiction look from Alien and applied it to a film noir cityscape to create a future world nobody should hope for. Huge electronic billboards (then a futuristic vision, now not so much) straddle old rundown buildings; the insides of buildings are dark and moody; nothing here seems to be untouched by the dark futuristic vision of Scott. Sometimes it makes you wonder why the replicants even want to come back to Earth.

For an in-depth analysis far beyond my analytic abilities I just you read Blade Runner: A Diagnostic Critique. It is excellent.

There is talk of Ridley Scott returning to the world of Blade Runner, just like he did with Alien in the upcoming Prometheus. It is interesting to see Scott returning to two of his most recognized works. Is it a bit of nostalgia on his part to want to jump back into these worlds that made his career what it is today? You could argue that it is, because none of his recent works resemble that level of artistic prowess in my opinion. I am anxiously awaiting Prometheus and will be keeping a close eye on this Blade Runner Project, which is slated for release in 2014, but that says nothing of course. In the meantime I suggest everybody to revisit Blade Runner in any version that is available to you. It is still magnificent.

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