Brien Bell’s review published on Letterboxd:
This was one I'd put off for a LONG time. Before the pandemic, I had planned to watch this with a few friends, one of whom has seen it before and loves it and another who would be going in blind as I had. Alas, instead I found myself homebound and ready for something different today, instead of just rewatching one of the dozens of films or television shows I've watched over and over of late.
(To note: I watched The Final Cut, and plan to eventually go back and watch the Theatrical Release as well. For now, this review reflects just my thoughts on Ridley Scott's vision.)
Blade Runner is one of those movies that has been built up over the years, and it's not hard to see why. The film oozes with a very particular style, one that a lot of sci-fi films since have tried to mimic to varying degrees of success. Harrison Ford turns in a subtle performance that doesn't feel anything like his Han Solo or Indiana Jones roles. And what more can be said about Rutger Hauer's Roy Batty that hasn't already been said? Equal parts menacing and sympathetic, and that final monologue is everything.
It'll be interesting to go back and see what exactly the studio did to this movie, how they altered Scott's vision. But for The Final Cut, all I can say is that I'm glad we're able to experience it this way. Hopefully some day soon I'll be able to experience it with my friends.