James (Schaffrillas)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Yes yes YESSSSSSSSSS
Denis Villeneuve has this way of bypassing my absurdly short attention span in a way no other filmmaker can. Every scene he shoots is so compelling through its presentation and atmosphere that its overall relevance to the larger story is a moot point. I was glued to my seat during the entirety of what was arguably 2 and a half hours of setup. But when the setup is this rich and nuanced and thoroughly engrossing, how can I complain?
Definitely feels like the second part will be the more interesting story (idk tho I've never touched the book), and with a foundation this strong, I'm going to be in sheer agony waiting for the sequel. Blade Runner 2049 is still my favorite Villeneuve film but this is a close second. Fucking hell, this movie slaps.