This movie… is much like a McLaren F1 roadcar. There shouldn’t have to be something this bombastic, this sophisticated, this beautiful, and this powerful. But it’s there.
For what you need a car to do (ie: Transportation) a car like the F1 “doesn’t make sense”. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy being inside one.
Much like the McLaren F1, Blade Runner 2049 is mostly impractical and at times doesn’t make sense within its own universe. There’s basic issues underlying a very appealing surface. But it is a VERY appealing surface. Down to the little gags and design cues and all the world building - it is a masterpiece in that regard.
In other areas though Blade Runner 2049, a film that seems to have no problems proclaiming itself as GHOST IN THE SHELL’s brainier and prettier stepsister, makes you scratch your head at some of its lore and logic decisions. This is a rarity. A film made evidently by very intelligent and talented individuals at the peak of their powers, but which has resulted in a film that seems happy to leave the audience behind, embroiled almost entirely in the logic and momentum of characters doing what they’re doing just because they seem to interpret a need to do just that.
Personally, I feel the problems have to do with two postulates from the original film which were removed or altered for Blade Runner 2049. Now this is not a case of “Do not change the source material because fanboi.” This is more a case of “There’s reasons the original material had those two postulates in place, and by removing them you’ve created a lot of problems for yourselves”.
But was it great to WATCH? YES.
Would I WATCH it again? From start to finish. HELL YES!
Speaking of bucking the trends of any sort of the kind of practicality you expect in a film, and much like the original film, if you go in there expecting that each major thing you’re introduced to should wrap up neatly? You will be very disappointed.
Mild Spoiler Warning and Disappointment Disclaimer:
Remember when Roy Batty tells you about “Ships on fire over Orion” and you’re thinking: “What ships? What war?” There’s a LOT of that in this movie. And just like the first one, this one will leave you holding the pieces - with no necessary obligation to continue them now or ever.
So much like the first one… enjoy it for what you are actually shown. There will be time to go over the rest in the years to come.