No. You can’t.
It’s no more dispositive than me saying the lack of a dream about a chicken…
…or the lack of a dream about a skinny guy with a boner…
…means he’s not. The unicorn silliness isn’t going to prove anything. It’s up for interpretation. As is the sheep in the new movie.
Anybody who listens to Ridley Scott talk about his movies–and I’ve said this many times in referencing the DVD commentary to the Best Picture Gladiator–knows he has no idea what makes his movies good, or bad. We’ve increasingly discovered that over the years as he retroactively tried to explain to us what Alien was about. It’s best to look at the story as a whole.
I’ve never believed Deckard was a replicant. I’ve had this discussion with Tom for years. Neither of us have moved, and that’s okay. In fact, I think it adds a certain richness to the experience of watching the movie. I don’t think the unicorn is a useful argument. I think all the pictures on the piano are a better argument, as is his fumbling about with Rachel. But I still don’t believe it for a lot of reasons, but the main one is…
I don’t think Roy believes it. That is to say, Roy treats him as a human. And saves him as a human. And thus fulfills all that Christ imagery at the end. This is in contrast to how Sapper reacts to K, but that can be explained away based on Nexus model numbers I guess. Regardless, I choose the maker/christ/humanity imagery over the unicorn, because I think it makes more sense for the character and the story.
One of the things I do love about this is how it calls to mind the cutting scene in Ex Machina, and how Villeneuve and Fancher play off the unanswered question in building K’s character, rather than simply resolving it the moment we meet Deckard again. I like that and I think it is clever. It says to me that they looked at the debate and sat down and thought, “How can we use this to our advantage?” This excites me.
That dopey dream of the running unicorn with his silly floppy horn does nothing for me. I’m much more curious about the matchstick boner dude dream Deckard must have had that they decided not to show us.
“I was quick when I come in here, Bryant. I’m twice as quick now.”