Max’s review published on Letterboxd:
I loved this film back in 2017 when I saw it, but I absolutely couldn’t tell you why. It looked pretty and the ending was cool. Oh yeah, and Dekard is a replicant. But as far as analysis, that’s basically it. When I saw 2049 however, I could give you a million reasons why it was awesome. And since then, I haven’t really thought about the original all that much. But as November of 2019 comes to a close, I decided to watch my favorite film from November of 2019. And for the first time in two years, I can tell you why I love Blade Runner.
The weirdest thing I’ve found is that our future is just as hazy, makes just as little sense, and has just as much prejudice and hate as Ridley Scott’s future. And on that hate, it’s pretty obvious that Dekard hates replicants. I mean, the guy kills them for a living there’s not a ton of subtext there. But throughout the film, his line between humans and replicants becomes blurry. And by the end, it’s not just black and white; it’s black and another shade of it.
Throughout the whole film, from meeting Rachel to killing the 3 replicants, he kind of ends up as this mess of confusion and apathy. First he disliked them, then sorta sympathized with them, then he got angry at them again (even reciprocating that anger onto Rachel), then he saw how empathetic they could get, then he was afraid of them, and then Roy Batty saves his life. Rick killed his lover and friends and he saves his life? All of these thoughts accumulate into this wave of confusion in the final scene. And Ford plays it off so pathetically I cried. Like, actual tears came out of my eyes. I felt so much for his character after this point and I fucking lost it when I realized how connected this arc was to 2049.
And no, he’s not a replicant. I know Ridley Scott says so, but my guy’s wrong. Sorry, I don’t make the rules.