“Blade Runner 2049” is a fitting sequel to the cult classic from 1982.
Making a sequel to a classic film is an intimidating task, especially when your follow-up is 35 years after the original. Thus, “Blade Runner 2049” had its work cut out for it. Thankfully, this movie is smart, moody, and a visual feast just like the original “Blade Runner” from 1982. Ryan Gosling brings gravitas to this neo-noir, as does a returning Harrison Ford, but the film around them could use a little more energy. It’s easily 20 minutes too long, and much colder than its predecessor. Still, it has provocative things to say about humanity, just like the first one, and that’s welcome in any year.