Rafael "Parker!!" Jovine’s review published on Letterboxd:
It was the best of times for a film like Blade Runner, it was the worst of times for a film like Blade Runner, it was the age of the sci-fi boom, it was the age of campiness and escape, it was the epoch of radical changes, it was the epoch of complete ignorace, it was the season of riches, it was the season of loss, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of fear, we had all the right tools to disrupt and start something new, we had no interest to embrace anything that made us think outside the box - in short, the period was so far like the present period that you can say audiences and Hollywood alike, for good or for evil, haven't learnt the leason yet.
To rewrite a single paragraph from one of the most famous works in literature would seem daunting, but imagine what it would be like to redefine an entire movie genre. However, that's exactly what Scott and co. managed to do in here. It is true that the path to achieve this was difficult and the financial reward was small, but there is no question that the visual section of the final product - even for those who aren't so big fans of the film - is impressive. Thanks to its 4K remastering, one can appreciate the beautiful texture and small details that elevate the movie to another level. There is something so mesmerizing about this movie that it draws you in right from the beginning where even the stoves of fire that sprout up in the first take are almost captivating. The little lights that make up Tyrell's iconic compound and the vibrant city itself are stunning. While many films with great special effects like Star Wars seem in this case to age worse and worse, in the case of this film, this is the exact opposite, and all this is because of the practicality of the visual effects.
With regards to the direction, even with the apparent hatred Ridley had for the entire American crew and the anger of many at Ridley, the director was able to keep his hand steady and sail the ship toward its destination with great success - not financial, but creatively. Once more, the camera and staging are notable as they are used to bring some life to scenes and sequences that can feel monotonous.
There are no weak performances, as each of the actors succeeds in putting themselves into these characters' shoes to such an extent that it is difficult to imagine anyone else portraying them. I don't have anything against Dustin Hoffman, but a movie with him as Deckard would have been a completely different story and probably wouldn't have worked. Heuer was by that time known for being a very peculiar man, which adds to Roy's not-so-human personality. In addition, the rest of the cast does their best and manages to contribute and shine on their own while contributing to push the plot forward.
Regarding the script, the conversations about what it is to be human and about free will are still relevant and intriguing. Tears In Rain's iconic speech sums up all the film's ideas and discussions within just fifteen seconds. Its near-last-minute, improvised nature makes this even more impressive.
All in all, there is so much that can be said and discussed about this movie that we wouldn't have the time to do so. I may be a bigger fan of David Villenueve's sequel, but that does not rob away from the fact that this film is brilliant.