The ending was unsatisfying to me personally. I’m not going to spoil it, but to me it felt like one of those endings that’s supposed to leave you thinking, but it really didn’t. The story was relatively straightforward. There was a little bit to contemplate about K’s motivations and humanity, but the ending screamed 80s trope sci-fi thought provoking ending, to which my natural response was “Eh, I guess.”
When it really comes down to it, not to denigrate any other part of the movie, but the relationship between K and Joi is what I’m going to remember most. I didn’t expect anything like that coming into the movie and I probably wouldn’t enjoy a movie based solely on that concept (i.e. Her), but I thought it was supremely charming and, to me, was really the emotional spine of the whole film.
So was it a masterpiece? Was it pretentious? I’m really conflicted. Gut reaction, I thought it was really great, but realistically, I will probably never watch it again. Intellectually, I wish Hollywood made more movies like this, but viscerally it was 3 hours and it felt like 3 hours. It was visually stunning and stylish as hell from top to bottom. The concept and portrayal of the world of Blade Runner itself is incredible. Overall, I liked it a lot. It’s maybe a tad overhyped, but it’s very good. B+/A-.