Now I can sleep safe.
I wouldn’t read the whole thing. It spoiled a few more details than I would have liked, so here are the most pertinent points.
K himself – brilliantly played by Gosling in his magnetically inscrutable, Only God Forgives mode
As a big Only God Forgives fan, I have been eagerly awaiting the return of “Arthouse Gosling”, as I dub him. It looks like I’m about to get it.
One website had an article featuring stills from 2049, and they actually used one from Only God Forgives too, which made me laugh.
Harrison Ford’s recent Star Wars homecoming was pure and glorious fan-service, but this is something very different, and unexpectedly unsettling, musing on matters of ageing, legacy and death. It’s an extraordinary part, extraordinarily played, and reminds you just how much more Ford can do than dog-eared charisma.
And the last paragraph of the review:
The film crackles with a thrilling finality: in the foyer afterwards, I felt like I’d just seen the last blockbuster ever made. But like Mad Max: Fury Road before it, it shows you just how much further this medium has to go.
I think that’s about as conclusive as things are going to get.
Consider me very, very excited.