One hell of a movie. Aesthetic as fuck, comfy cinematography, brain-tickling sci-fi philosophy questions. Definitely worth a watch for anyone interested in science fiction, probably worth a watch for general film enthusiasts as well.
I had been planning on watching this for a long time, but what finally spurred me into action was some comments that mariomguy made in another thread. I'm going to address them here because I greatly disagree with them and I think we can get an interesting conversation out of them.
Anyone who thinks they need to watch Blade Runner, I can save you the 3 torturous hours
1 hour, 57 minutes for the Final Cut. Less, if you skip out on the credits.
play the love theme from Vangelis, look up the triangle building, the light-up umbrellas, and the unicorn, and you've just seen all the best parts of that movie back-to-back.
I really don't understand this. Look up some disconnected aesthetics and don't indulge in any of the concepts or context that makes the film intellectually engaging? This is especially weird for the unicorn scene, because it means nothing by itself and is the setup for a payoff at the end of the movie. The light-up umbrellas is another weird one, because it has nothing to do with the overarching story or themes. It's just a little tech detail. I'm really not sure why you would give that a point. Is this a joke?
Plus, you don't include Batty's final speech? Arguably the most intense single piece of characterization in the entire film, a speech which exists as the capstone for the themes that the rest of the film spent building up? This is a really confusing opinion.
In reality, this takes ages
Even if you're just watching it for aesthetics, there's a lot more going on than the couple of points that you liked. There's pretty regular shots of the city, the streets, various interiors and characters that are very well composed.
and the payoff is not that great. The tears in rain speech is so overrated.
I've never been so bored with a movie.
Yes, I could see how this film would be really boring to someone who was watching it for the light-up umbrellas and unicorns.