• Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★½

    Visuals and script seem to act in a coherent way in shaping this sequel's major flaws. As a barren formalism replaces the baroque noiresque aesthetics which brought to life the dead world of Blade Runner - the crowdy, chaotic sprawl of Los Angeles with its neon-lit, foggy darkness is reduced here to inert background, confined in a few shots of mere reference, elegant but dead under filmic glass - the screenplay (when it's not busy referencing) concentrates on expanding the…