Blade Runner 2049 ★★★★½

For some context, the original is one of my all-time favorite movies, and the almost-three-hours of this wasn't nearly enough for me, frankly, for both the ways in which it very much is BLADE RUNNER and very much isn't. Just as much, if not a lot more, of a jawdroppingly gorgeous, absurdly portentous, meticulously designed hypno-drone than its progenitor, but this also upends its legacy in ways that will confound a lot of people and which I found highly rewarding. A person who might be a machine is swapped out for a machine terrified by the idea that he might be a real boy. A world we last saw oppressively teeming with overpopulation is now desiccated, nearly dead. Memories that made these beings closer to humans now render them slaves to that fabricated humanity. I'll probably end up watching this one into oblivion too.

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