A dark, long, episodic quest. It is like an updated amped-up echo of the original in terms of style and content.
It also suffers from some of the same dated guff: dystopian future, radiation wasteland, rogue squishy android replicants, quietly spoken seething villains.
It’s difficult to separate performance from direction but Ryan Gosling does a great job of being a replicant with strong emotional control. Harrison Ford reprises his role well. Ana da Armas and Sylvia Hoeks are very good in their roles as artificial people. Joi is perhaps the best played role in the movie with a balance of human/not-human that sits just right in the uncanny valley.
I saw it in 2D and in 3D. They’re as physically gloomy as each other and 3D adds nothing to the experience.
The misdirections in the story are well done and kept my interest though I found I needed to concentrate throughout the movie because of its almost episodic nature as the plot progressed. A nice change from the usual cinema fodder.
It’s a gloomy, dated, long, and challenging movie to watch. Despite these qualities, its weak premise, and its quest-like style it is well worth seeing on the big screen where its spectacle is apparent.