New ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Trailer Proves Heavily Updated but Very Devoted

For better or worse, this new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 makes the film feel as much like a video game follow-up as a movie sequel. The original Blade Runner was a spartan neo-noir, with just a few plot points and locales driving a sparse investigation that meant less than its aesthetic and broader themes. This update feels like the new Breath of the Wild to the ’80s Zeldas, but without the decades of upgrades in between. It’s wonderfully, devoutly set in the same world, but now so crisply visualized, so fleshed out, so broad in environment and tone, that it looks absurdly advanced compared to its predecessor. It’s like if Rogue One were the first and only follow-up to Return of the Jedi. Is it a proper sequel? Probably not. But is it a lovingly-crafted, interesting new chapter in this world? Hopefully so. We’ll find out for sure October 6.

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