Blade Runner 2049

Blade Runner 2049 ★★★★

1982's Blade Runner has brought us many things, but mostly it brought us noir-esque poetry with a permeating Nietzschean edge. Maybe too edgy. Its anti-blockbuster status may have propelled Ridley’s '82-version into cult status, but on the downside, the artsy, almost punishingly slow stature has always turned a lot of people off.

Consequently, Denis Villeneuve’s follow-up isn’t anywhere as deep, mythically charged as the '82-version. And yet, it has enough guts and dignity to summon the original's spirit. That's what's so cool: '2049 isn’t intimidated by its tectonic predecessor. This is a mainstream Blade Runner: crisper, more accessible, easier, boasting a strong identity of its own. But why the fuck it have to be Ryan Gosling? Gylly or Fassy would have been a vastly superior force.

All told, '2049 is totally worthy of the heritage. This is immaculate Sci-Fi, and I can already see it heading towards the golden halls!

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