Minister Faust throws down on Blade Runner in defense of Philip K. Dick
"Canadian SF writer and broadcaster Minister Faust (author of the recent novel From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain) agrees that Blade Runner's reputation opened Hollywood doors to the representatives of the Dick estate, but disagrees as to the artistic merit of Scott's hard-boiled adaptation, illustrating a hard and often hard-argued division between what might be called the Purist and Relativist approaches to cinematic Dick.
"'Hollywood,' says Faust, 'doesn't understand s--t about Philip K. Dick. They don't even care that Blade Runner was a bomb – $25 million to make, took in $31 million to date – and was an inversion of the novel's ideas and morality ... a travesty! But these same people remember Scott's visuals and Vangelis' music and they think, "Hey, classy."
"'No adaptation that I've seen has been a good adaptation. Total Recall is fun, but it's a foul-smelling one-night stand with Dick's memory. Blade Runner is gorgeous looking, has a beautiful score and strong acting. But Dick's fascinating mystical vision of ecological collapse as metaphor for null-empathy, and biological vitality as metaphor for empathy ... that's priceless.'"