there’s an odd sort of racism in the story i think.
they want the pkd story about the confusion of identity and the meaning of self but it means they have to avoid the story of race.
basically, they have to make everyone white because otherwise they would have to decide the race of the replicants.
there’s literally no way an all white upper class would make all all white lowerclass. but that story would be so horrific and so uncomfortable for the audience, it literally cannot be touched.
it’s also, i think, part of why women are given so little agency. because seeing that world through women’s eyes would also be incredibly painful. and they simply didn’t want to deal with those stories.
they wanted a story where white men do cool white men things in a difficult white man world so we can all talk about high-minded, theoretical, navel-gazing psychology.
it’s case in point of why for truly new and meaningful stories there needs to be more diversity at the top: in writing, directing, and producing.
i love that about the original.
there was no evil bady who was the cause of all bad things™. the world was broken and the system was the cause.
if tyrell was dead or died nothing would have changed about the situation everyone was in.
this new not-tyrell* however? if he was dead or died, the story would have ended.
it’s fundamentally much more boring.
[* edit: proper hat tip to @Melz2. i also couldn’t remember the character’s name even seconds after seeing the movie. i kept calling him jared, which given the behavior of the character seems appropriate if the rumours about the actor’s sexual assaults are true. ]