Blade Runner 2049 ★★★★★

The sequel to Ridley Scott's sci-fi neo-noir classic that arrived 35 years after the initial release of its predecessor. Helmed by the masterful Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 is not only one of the greatest follow-ups witnessed by mankind, but most importantly, a Blade Runner this generation can wholeheartedly experience and get behind.

The film is long and keeps its approach distant on purpose, a risky decision that thankfully works perfectly in such a cold world, with Ryan Gosling's fantastic performance embodying that feeling of restraint. The story itself takes the time to show off how that universe has evolved, before letting its true colours shine by constructing its case with extreme care, slowly but steadily. Once again, the issue of humanity is addressed through a series of questions which thematically broaden the film's horizons and take it into a whole other level, proving to be a worthy successor of the one before it. With a director perfectly aware of how to exceptionally handle it, Roger Deakins' cinematography becomes truly breath-taking here, as every single frame literally looks like an indisputable work of art that will end up at some section of the Musée du Louvre. Furthermore, the Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch-curated score is casually phenomenal throughout, further building tension and suspense.

Overall, a truly masterful execution, on both technical and thematical grounds, to a sequel that gave room for plenty of missteps. A perfect homage to its source material, but not one that takes its predecessor by the hand in order to thrive. Don't let the connection fool you; 2049 is still a wonderful film on its own.

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