Saw 2049 last night after watching The Final Cut the night before. Thoroughly enjoyed 2049, and while it’s impossible to have the visual impact that the original had on film making, the newer one is better. The acting, writing, and story of the first aren’t great across the board but dammit the visuals were groundbreaking and genre defining. I don’t know if the new one needed to be almost three hours, but I personally didn’t mind the deliberate pace.
I think the economist review linked above misses a few things. Like a typical human, the reviewer only considered what having a child would mean on how humans view replicants. Maybe humans would see them differently when they see they can reproduce, but a big part of it is how that would change the replicants view of themselves. Not a shocking revelation, I know, but it seemed of how the reviewer hand waved that as a plot hole. And to let movies that borrow from the original blade runner and then criticize 2049, which I thought stayed true to the ideas of the first, as borrowing from the other movies listed felt weird.
Who knows? Main thing is I really enjoyed it. My wife, who doesn’t care much for the first, also really enjoyed this one which surprised me a little bit and surprised her a lot more.