Unfortunately, no one can know if The Matrix Resurrections is good; you have to see it for yourself. My reactions throughout the sequel were visceral, similar to those I had during The Last Jedi. I moaned at some jokes and raised my hands almost as much as Neo. The reasons I didn’t like the movie might not apply to everyone. What I view as a superficial attempt to rekindle nostalgia, others may interpret as a shrewd, metaphorical reboot.
The Matrix Resurrections is a meta sequel with an unclear message. The visionaries behind the 1999 hit share a bond in art and personal life that most siblings barely have in common. The Wachowskis had no interest in doing another Matrix. With the death of their parents being so close, Lana Wachowski came up with the idea of resurrect Neo and Trinity. Lilly disagreed with the idea, thinking it was too stuck in the past. It pains me to say that I agree with her.
The Matrix Resurrections is a nostalgia take similar to the force awakens. The unreal tech demo is even called The matrix awakens. The fortuitous nature of it all doesn’t appeal to me. Lana Wachowski comments on nostalgia with Resurrections being the conscious, light-hearted opposite of his dark originals. Lana may have indulged too much Member bays write a comfort food script instead of something more difficult.
Structurally, the film is going 200 miles per hour, without applying the brakes. The first act is a remake of the original film: Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) cannot get rid of his manic-depressive episodes. To help him deal with his inconvenience, his counselor played by Neil Patrick Harris, prescribes him blue pills. The only thing that comforts Tom is when he periodically runs into his local crush in the cafe. Maybe he and she (Carrie Ann Moss) could date? On a pivotal day, Tom’s life changes forever when Bugs (Jessica Henwick) reveals who Thomas Anderson really is.
What made the original Matrix work was his credibility. No one actually jumps between buildings or dodges bullets. Everything is psychological. In the real world, everyone is a helpless being who sits naked in their mammalian pods. When released from his prison, Neo is simply a man who possesses no magic, just a mental ability to resist and manipulate the Matrix far beyond what the typical human mind can handle. This sense of realism is shattered in The Matrix Reloaded when Neo can disable sentries with his mind in the real world. Resurrections doubles down on it, shattering reality in the scientific world outside of the Matrix, pulling me further from its narrative. The premise itself is redundant. I thought Neo’s resurrection existed in the first Matrix when he rise from the dead destroy Smith with ease? The themes in Resurrections are similar to the original trilogy: questioning reality, destiny and destiny. But what is he trying to say? What is missing The matrix franchise? It’s all a remix of what’s been said before but with a smirk at the camera that’s very out of place.
Despite all this negativity, I respect how the Wachowskis have valued all of their canon material. Each Matrix media bit is connected, The matrix interconnected all their hardware on a budget. All of The facilitator to video games are part of global history. As much as I respect that, it also shows how problematic canonizing everything can be.
Laurence Fishburne misses prominently in Resurrections. The reason for his disappearance may be related to the events of a video game 2005. I understand the reasoning behind the creative decision, but why not re-dramatize the events of The Matrix online by linking it cinematically to of the resurrection story?
From an immeasurable grief, the film by Lana Wachowski Matrix Resurrections deserves to stay in the past. There is comfort in nostalgia, but we have to learn to let go. An occasional visit to an old franchise is fine, but it must be for the purpose of existing beyond desire. By only trying to appeal to a direct fanbase, the film’s universality is lacking. What did The matrix the job was the shock of what it was in the first place. Jhe Matrix was a singular, near-perfect film blending horror, philosophy, and action into one beautifully paced picture. Every sequel thereafter is a bloated, slow-moving mess of philosophical repetition.
Sometimes it’s better to leave an idea in the creator’s head. Maybe Ms. Wachowski can let other creative minds dive into the matrix. There are stories to tell other than those of Neo and Trinity that can be adapted for the big screen. What about the other “those” before Neo the architect mentioned in Reloaded? Or the story of the creation of Matrix? A live action version of The second Renaissance from The facilitator could be a phenomenal experience. The Matrix Resurrections does a great job of undermining the events of the original trilogy, while paying homage to them, causing more damage than rectifying past failures. The matrix does not need a resurrection; he needs a funeral.