Katalas’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is a review of the Definitive version.
Batty: Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it? That's what it is to be a slave.
I remember that the first time I saw Blade Runner was not only a couple of years before the sequel, but it was at a time where (like everyone else) I was going through a tough time and I was discovering the world of cinema. And maybe that's because I was in that time of life, but Blade Runner spoke to me.
There's so much themes that I love about: what it means to be human (the Nexus-6 finding the cure to life and Deckard being in depression), the themes of religion (Tyrell the Maker, Roy using a nail on his hand to live again) and the cycle of America's society (the mix of culture and Los Angeles being destroyed because of Humanity's technology), everything is intersected with seriousness.
And that last monologue from Roy. I literally have tears. I know it could be seen as a "too intellectual and nonsensical" monologue, but every time I hear it, I feel worthless, or as someone who tries to make a difference, and damn it hurts. And Vangelis' composition is probably the one thing that keeps everyone watching the story.
Blade Runner is one of kind experience. You either love it or hate it (and I could be very wrong), it's either too philosophical or the peak of cinema. The latter is my kind. You can't find two movies like this one.
What a bold move from Ridley Scott and Harrison Ford. Ridley because he took 110% liberty of adapting Philip K. Dick's work, a modern noir film that is nothing like the original book. And Harrison because the man was, at the time, the superstar thanks to his roles in Star Wars and The Raiders of the Last Ark, he was playing a role that had nothing in common with his previous characters. And the fact that the both of them have different takes of Blade Runner (whether Deckard is a replicant or not) makes it more interesting. Also, shout-out to Rutger Hauer (rest in peace), he stole the show all the way.
Ridley was already a visionnaire of its time, and still today, Blade Runner keeps influencing cinema. Whether you like it or not.
On a side note, could it be possible today that a movie that is despised at its opening be praised like Blade Runner was? I'm genuinely curious. I'd love to see examples in the comment section! It doesn't have to be a Hollywood movie, and it could also be a movie from before the XXIst century.