New Imagination Connoisseur, Jason DeWolf, writes in to share his life as a geek and as a big fan of Bladerunner. Why does this film connect with Jason?
Read his letter to find out …
I’m officially a new member of the post-geek singularity and thought I’d introduce myself. I’m a 44 year old male living in southern Ontario, Canada, and was bread on some of the most classic movies as far back as I can remember. I didn’t get to the show much as a young child , but my mom would let stay up and watch all sorts of great movies for a 5 – 7 year on the old 8’Oclock Movie (Jaws, Rocky, King Kong 1933 & 1976, 2001 Space Odyssey, Superman, Close Encounters, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining, The Birds, Good Bye Girl, Carrie, etc. Most of the those are still in my top 20 to this day. I too was also feed a healthy dose of Star Trek reruns, creature feature movies on Saturday afternoons, and loved the late 70s Spider man tv series back then.
Since we are in the period of time Blade Runner took place, and since I don’t now your view on this, I though it would be a good time to bring up the movie, its editions, and Deckard. I may be in the minority here in the community, but I actually prefer the international version of the theatrical cut, like the noir voice over, and absolutely reject that Deckard is replicant; although I do like the notion that he could be, but not that he is, for all the reasons that people on this side of the fence say he’s not, which of course includes the point of the story from the writer Philip K Dick, Screenwriter Hampton Fancher, Art Director David Snyder, and the two key actors of Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer.
Of course Scott was the director and apparently he likes that angle more, but it does indeed diminish the point of the story, the lessons learned by the characters and the depth of their interactions. Its funny, the first time I ever saw the origamy at the end, I never thought it was a reveal of him being a replicant, simply a representation that Gaff viewed Rachel as a rare creature and he was letting her and Deckard go, and that is how I continue to see it.
I also love Blade Runner 2049. Director Denis Villeneuve has stated prefers the theatrical too and considered it a masterpiece as it was, and though he hasn’t outright said it, he seems to lean into the human camp, which seen from this perspective makes his movie so compelling as well – spoiler coming – a human (Deckard) impregnating a replicant (Rachael) and that offspring becoming coveted and feared. Would have loved to see Denis to one more with what happened next and an uprising of replicants. Too bad more people didn’t go to the show for that one as we likely would have got that movie.
Anyways, love the channel and would dig hearing your thoughts on this if you haven’t already done so.