Blaine McGaffigan’s review published on Letterboxd :
With notes of reference to the original, “Blade Runner 2049” completely paves its own path to make a brilliant and self contained film.
This movie doesn’t lean on it’s predecessor too much or rely on future films to tell it’s tale. It uses the themes of robotics and AI and adds the more modern technology of Augmented Reality into the mix to further explore our relationship with machines.
The cinematography is otherworldly. The neons and saturated colors explode off of the screen, and the set and lighting design are awesome.
“Blade Runner 2049” still maintains the slow pace and noir tone of the original, but adds depth and layers to make this thing really move. You get lost in the long runtime because of it’s immersive quality.
The best possible scenario for a sequel.