It's decent enough, a charming little lark that connects some dots in the Star Wars universe (albeit dots we didn't need connected). It's best when breezing through inventive action sequences and when focused on Han and Chewie's budding friendship, and whenever Phoebe Waller-Bridge is onscreen. Howard definitely smoothed out the rough edges in Lord and Miller's original skeleton, but the result is a kind of vaguely pleasing mediocrity. Still, it's nice to spend some time with Star Wars' scoundrels, rather than the monastic Jedi and their endless prophecies.
Full review here: consequenceofsound.net/2017/09/film-review-blade-runner-2049/
"In the final estimation, Blade Runner 2049’s legacy will be estimated by both its ability to capture the spirit of the original and tell an enticing story in its own right. By virtually every measure, it succeeds — whether it’s in Villeneuve’s careful, calculating directorial eye, Deakins’ sharp, distinct cinematography, or the film’s eye-popping visual design.
It may seem premature to ascribe the word ‘masterpiece’ to the legacyquel of a heady sci-fi head-scratcher from the ‘80s, but its audacity and formal perfection – not to mention its thematic weight – leave no other alternative."