George Zverblis’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Within cells interlinked"
Yesterday I rewatched Blade Runner 2049 and while I still didn't love it, I liked it slightly more. But after it was over, I couldn't stop thinking about it; moments from the film kept playing in my mind, Han Zimmer's grand score was still ringing in my ears and Roger Deakins' masterful cinematography is now engraved into my eyes. I also kept thinking about the film's themes and symbolism, and why they're so important. These are all signs of just witnessing something truly amazing.
I'll never understand why I disliked 2049 so much. Maybe it was the pace or the performances, I will never know. It's not that I didn't understand the film either, I grasped the themes and plot just fine. Whatever the reason, my negativity towards the film is now lost in time, like tears in the rain.
Blade Runner 2049 is as perfect as a film can be. It's art, it's wonderful. It's larger than life and epic, something that is missing in modern mainstream cinema. Denis Villeneuve's vision is well realised and amazing! Yet another masterpiece to add to his exceptional filmography. I don't even need to talk about Roger Deakins' cinematography or Hans Zimmer's score; it's pointless, you just can't describe them, you just have to witness them for yourself.
Someone please slap me in the face for calling Ryan Gosling bland in my first review, because I feel like a fucking idiot for saying that; he's great as always, he's one of the best actors working today. Harrison Ford gives one of his best performances in years. Jared Leto redeems himself for his terrible performance in Suicide Squad; he's fantastic here! Ana de Armas is wonderful, definitely one of the highlights in the film; her performance shines so bright within the dystopian neon world of Blade Runner. She's so amazing!
This is one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen; it's complex themes and concepts feel important, especially in today's world. I won't explain them because there are plenty of articles / videos that do a better job than I ever could and plus, I think just like everything else in this movie, you just have to experience them.
Films like Blade Runner 2049 keep cinema alive. We live in a world dominated by massive companies making films instead of actual filmmakers with actual visions. We need more films like this. We need more filmmakers like Denis Villeneuve. He's crafted something incredible here. Thank you. This is fucking excellent.