directed by Ridley Scott
Even though it still has a few of the bells and whistles that tend to date futuristic films (particularly those made in the 80s), Ridley Scott’s filmic adaptation of Phillip Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is a bona fide classic, a philosophically heavy film about existence, humanity, and the nature of the soul. It also has liberal dosage of an underwear clad Rutger Hauer stalking through a rain soaked, dilapidated building, producing (somehow, someway) a snow white dove in his robotic grip which he manages to cling to even after leaping across rooftops and saving Harrison Ford from a plummeting fate. Okay, maybe I’m the only person for whom that whole sequence makes perfect sense (that was sarcasm, by the way), but Blade Runner is always a good time. I remember seeing it on the shelves of the video store, the cover conjuring up images of half scenes perceived and surrealistic sequences caught on late night television, full of neon and mystery, but it wasn’t until high school that I actually sat down and watched the film. Needless to say, when it was released in the definitive, ultimate, supreme, super duper deluxe director’s cut a few years ago, I was like a moth to a porch light, and it was worth every hard earned dollar to see Scott’s film on the big screen. Blade Runner overflows, in characteristic Scott fashion, with meaning, with depth, and the film is stylish in a way that dates, but does not outdate itself. Watching it right now, Harrison Ford still looks cool, and so does Rutger Hauer, and much of the Scott/Dick future is oddly relevant today, as long as we all agree to just not talk about whatever the hell Joanna Cassidy was wearing when she fled from her dressing room, Ford in tow. My personal favorite is Edward James Olmos, who rocks and rolls as Gaff, Deckard’s (Ford) shadow and, possibly, holder of important clues about the Blade Runner himself. Blade Runner will endure because it transcends and entertains, and it’s the magical kind of film that, depending on your mood and company, you can give a serious watch and be thoroughly satisfied or, if you’re feeling silly, you can make fun of relentlessly and enjoy on a completely different level. Your call.