‘Blade Runner 2049’ Review Round-Up: What The Critics Are Saying

The first reviews for Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner 2049' have hit the web & critics are praising the film as a worthy successor to the original film.

The first full reviews for director Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 have hit the web.

Arriving in theaters 35 years after the original film, audiences are curious to see if acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve’s sequel is a worthy successor to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, which is widely regarded as a cinematic classic. Now, the first full reviews for the highly anticipated film suggest that much like the original, Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 is a visually stunning film filled with commendable performances and may even divide audiences.

i09‘s Katherine Trendacosta:

“While watching Blade Runner 2049, I kept thinking about the first time I saw the original Blade Runner. … After the movie, the room full of high schoolers wascompletely split in two: half the class loved the movie and the other half thought it was ridiculous and pretentious. Blade Runner 2049 recaptures that divisiveness perfectly.”

ScreenCrush‘s Matt Singer:

“My God, what a beautiful movie this is. Blade Runner 2049 looks like someone dared director Denis Villeneuve and cinematographer Roger Deakins to make the most visually spectacular science-fiction film of the century — and then they actually did it.”

USA Today‘s Brian Truitt:

“K is Gosling’s most engrossing and powerful role to date, and Ford adds gravitas and a fitting sadness to the aging Deckard. As for their co-stars, Hoeks is freakily intense as a scene-stealing villainess, Ana de Armas has a nice multilayered turn as K’s girlfriend Joi, and there’s not nearly enough of Mackenzie Davis as the mysterious escort Mariette.”

Wired‘s Brian Raftery:

Ford, in his public life, is a man of few words, and in 2049, that sparseness is advantageous; his dim-eyed stares and chewed-up phrasing tell you all you need to know about what he lost during his 30 years self-exile, and the movie’s most affecting renders him completely silent. (He is also allowed to occasionally be funny—no small feat in a Villeneuve film, which tend to be dangerously chilly.)

The Playlist‘s Rodrigo Perez:

“At the helm and in complete command of his movie with dark, ambient magic, Villeneuve crafts a mysterious noir thriller the pushes existential boundaries, and nails the essence of the “Blade Runner” spirit.”

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Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi. The film will be released in theaters on October 6, 2017.

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