The early reviews of Bladerunner 2049 are in – and they’re surprisingly positive

Critics are fawning over the "breathtaking" and "stunningly beautiful" sequel to Ridley Scott's 1982 dystopian film

Blade Runner 2049

A number of lucky film critics have now seen Denis Villeneuve’s hotly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, and the early reactions flooding social media are very positive.

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Whether Blade Runner 2049 – which stars Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford – improves upon Ridley Scott’s original, as one punter suggests here, will likely be an ongoing conversation in the weeks and months following the film’s release, but that it is up for debate at all is heartening.

“Good news!” said Guardian contributor Jordan Hoffman. “Blade Runner 2049 is a terrific continuation and expansion of the orig[inal]. Wasn’t hoping for much, ended up LOVING it. (Even Leto!).”

Check out more early reactions to Blade Runner 2049 below.

The film is set 30 years after the original – which was released in cinemas in 1982 – and sees Gosling’s LAPD officer K on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former “blade runner” who disappeared after the events of the original.

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Blade Runner 2049 is released in UK cinemas on Thursday 5th October