An odd mix of detective drama, romance, and surreality. I'm not sure if writer/director Diao Yinan ultimately successfully blends these elements, though for much of the film you forget such a question. A surefooted balancing act is achieved for about three quarters of the running time, but the last act does fall apart a bit, even if those final individual scenes are likewise small masterpieces of Theater of the Bizarre. It's strange though, how Yinan more or less abandons his story near the end after spending a great deal of time building it.
Does anyone under the age of 40-45 care about BLADE RUNNER? I'd like to think so, but there aren't enough of them. Some of the reviews I've read, from otherwise very insightful and intelligent critics, call 2049 "dull", "plodding", "confusing". Really inconceivable, to me. Again, it's history repeating itself. Folks don't want to think, to work for answers. To see connections. To consider what is beyond the visuals, which again are simply astounding. They may well outdo the original film.…