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Early Blade Runner 2049 Reactions Call it “Breathtaking,” “Mind-Blowing,” and A “Masterpiece”

While full reviews for Blade Runner 2049 are still under embargo, it looks like the social media embargo has been lifted, and initial reactions are breathlessly enthusiastic! Pretty much everyone had high praise for Denis Villeneuve’s direction and Roger Deakins’ cinematography. There wasn’t as much mention of the characters, performances, or story, but so many critics also cited the impossibility of discussing the plot without spoilers – so it’s hard to tell the real reason those elements aren’t coming up as often.

Of course, all of this comes with the usual caveats for an advance screening. Studios tend to invite reviewers and industry names who they think might like the material, social media reactions don’t allow for the same depth of discussion as a full review, and you might not personally end up agreeing with the critical consensus.

But for a sequel that had quite a few fans feeling nervous, and such a high bar set by its predecessor(s), it’s a joy and a relief to see that the critics are this enamored.

io9’s K.M. Trendacosta seemed slightly less enthused, though she still praised the film’s visuals.

(Via io9 and Collider; image via Entertainment Weekly)

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