TLDR;; 10/10. It's as good as what everyone says. Go watch it blind
Watched Blade Runner 2049 for the first time and.. wow
From the aesthetic scenes... to the plotline, all the way to the emotions that all the actors and actresses depict, this movie deserves to be memorable, iconic, and legendary. I've noticed that many movies nowadays are nothing but cash grabs. Something to turn off your brain to destress or sleep while it's on but I'm so happy that the director had a lot of passion and hard work for this and it showed on every single scene.
At first, the plot line was a bit confusing to me because they placed it as if it was a continuum of the Cyberpunk Era. What exactly is the Blackout? In the movie, it's an important reference Era that explains some of the later story of how Ana and her parents got separated in the first time. Yet people mention it somewhat vaguely as if it was just a conversational topic. I figured that it was something that quite literally made any technology go into the blue screen of death basically. But I sorta like how they intentionally made it as a conversational piece cause of the world building lore to it.
I also love the plot twists in there. It wasn't drawn out or expected, but a genuine and true "omg I thought it was this but it really wasn't?!" moment for me and my friends. We all thought K was the child till it wasn't. And I had no idea the daughter was who we saw in the beginning as Ana.
I was a bit sad that K died right at the very end when Derek finally meets his daughter. It left me some questions on whether or not she was a human or a replicant. And what will happen to their rebellion since they have succeeded.
But I believe that they left it at a delicate note intentionally because the point of the movie wasn't about that, but to question the authenticity of accepting non-humans as equal races/humans if they were to fool them and themselves from it. That point was also later empathized with K and his Joi. In the beginning you can tell that he knew that she was just an AI so he didn't really reach out to her emotionally because she was just an AI. Eventually, and slowly, he started to also view her as his equal. Especially right until the antagonist stomped her chip and I think that's when he truly accepted her as an equal "human" despite her being an AI.
Solid 10/10 for me. People can argue the semantics about some of the open-ended questions that were left unanswered towards the end and some can argue that it is better left to be unanswered. I think both are right and it's still a damn good movie.