The anchor of this film was the direction of Denis Villeneuve and the script written again by Hampton Fancher. They immediately transport you back to the world of Blade Runner. From the opening scene the film immediately you felt the atmosphere of Los Angeles in 2049. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling gives an amazing performance. He makes you understand the journey of the character, on a visceral level, as he moves through his investigation. Ana de Armas was great as Joi, K's holographic girlfriend. Harrison Ford once again delivered in a way he hasn't in years. And although he doesn't have as much screentime as it may seem due to advertising his performance is awards-caliber. The standout performances in this film for me were Dave Bautista who delivers in the opening scene and instantly feel the desperation of the fleeing Replicants. But Sylvia Hoeks as the Replicant Luv, stole the film. Every scene she is in, she commands. She serves as the true villain of the film and actually feels like a credible threat to the protagonists.
I only have one negative from Blade Runner 2049 and that is that the film is little long Villeneuve probably could have cut about 10-15 minutes.
Blade Runner 2049 is a new sci-fi masterpiece. It is one of the few sequels in recents memory that is as good as the original, and for me, it was even better. Denis Villeneuve added another film to the list in the argument that he is the best director working today. The performances of the entire cast were note-perfect. The cinematography was breathtaking and when combined with Hans Zimmer's score the transported you back to the world of Blade Runner. This may be my favorite film of the year.