Blade Runner

Blade Runner ★★★★★

Considering that ninety-nine times out of a hundred this is what I would name as my all-time favourite film, I was surprised to realise I'd not actually written anything about it...

Aside from its head-crushing depth, an invigorating combination of ideas pertaining to theology, science and mortality, as well as an utterly spectacular palette, the key to Blade Runner's brilliance is its seemingly perennial status of remaining in imperfect liminality - a work still in progress. It's many iterations over the years - I'm sure we haven't seen the last - have lended it a certain mystique allowing for infinite speculations and theories regarding its smallest and its grandest details. Then we have Rutger Hauer's inimitable presence stealing the film from Harrison Ford despite it being a career-best performance from him. And then there's the perfect ending (1992 Director's Cut or Final Cut) that gives the right amount of closure while still leaving a considerable amount of ambivalence.

I love this film and could go on and on. But I wont. For now.

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