This is noir at it's best. As a learning fan of the genre, it's hard to believe I had never heard of this one along with the greats. The ambience and dialogue are top tier and there are a couple of clever dispatches of characters that I imagine for the era were ultra shocking. This is great stuff.
Big time mixed feelings on this one. It is an excellent coming of age movie wrapped up by an ok horror flick. The developing of the protagonists is so well done, rivaling the level of a Stand By Me or a Breakfast Club. But the scary elements of It are above average at best. There is too much Pennywise here, (not that Bill Skarsgard did a poor job-quite the opposite) which results in him feeling like a Freddy Krueger type character. That's not chopped liver, buts it not the level of which nightmares are made either, at least not for me.
Talk about big shoes to fill. Villanueve takes on a universe where fans were ready with torches upon the first mention of a sequel. Luckily, he not only matches the original but surpasses the classic. Blade Runner 2049 is one of those rare pieces that can combine the best parts of science fiction, weave them with heavy topics like creationism and morality, and spin a web which grabs and holds viewers from start to finish. The entire cast is working their A-game here. Gosling continues to pad his resume, Ford gives his best work in probably 25 years, and Ana de Armas makes her name known with a stellar performance as an A.I. companion of Gosling's lead. This is a near-masterpiece and I admit it may hit that perfect 10 mark upon watch #2.
Watched super late during the work week. Was a little tired to take it all in.