It’s solely been slightly over twenty years since The Matrix hit theaters, however in that single technology, our relationship to know-how and to one another has modified drastically. The Matrix was a real word-of-mouth hit. Launched in April 1999, nobody actually noticed this film coming past its eye-catching trailers. As an alternative, it was a seismic shift because the Wachowski Sisters modified our notion of blockbuster filmmaking by taking massive, philosophical concepts and mixing it with influences starting from kung-fu motion pictures to anime after which offered cutting-edge VFX. In a 12 months the place everybody thought the massive sci-fi/fantasy hit could be Star Wars – Episode I: The Phantom Menace, it turned out that it was The Matrix that had everybody speaking and creating imitators.
Sequels had been inevitable and the Wachowskis went all out with not solely back-to-back sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, but additionally drastically increasing the universe to make followers marvel if every bit of media was important to understanding the story’s continuation. Would you actually get The Matrix sequels in the event you additionally didn’t watch The Animatrix and play Enter the Matrix? In 2003, I went all-in on The Matrix and Reloaded, whereas a bit stilted at occasions with lengthy philosophical monologues, nonetheless captured my creativeness for what I hoped could be a surprising payoff when coupled with Animatrix and Enter the Matrix. However then got here The Matrix Revolutions and all of it felt slightly foolish. The setups from Reloaded felt deserted in favor of latest characters combating for Zion whereas a dude doing his greatest Agent Smith impression lurked round Neo and Trinity in the actual world. Someplace, the thread had been misplaced and whereas there are brilliant spots (every little thing with Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith is terrific), it by no means appeared like a full realization of the unique or Reloaded’s potential.
Now 18 years have handed and we’re about to return to The Matrix with The Matrix Resurrections.that can have everybody speculating on what this implies, and personally, I’m again on board. For starters, the movie advantages from the truth that we haven’t been inundated with Matrix stuff for the final 18 years. Sure, there was a Matrix MMO, however past that, it’s not like there have been extra motion pictures or TV collection or something like that. The Matrix is a part of the tradition, however the storytelling hit pause, and that break has allowed the stronger features of the franchise to rise to the floor whereas the weaker parts have pale away.
It additionally helps that Resurrections is arriving as simply Resurrections. There’s no interconnected media try, which, whereas a daring experiment again in 2003, didn’t actually repay in any manner that felt rewarding to those that invested within the ancillary tales. Asking followers to return again for only one film (though if it’s a success, I think about WB will need to smash that franchise button as onerous as potential to create extra sequels and spinoff collection), particularly after an 18-year-hiatus, appears like a good invitation. I actually don’t harbor an 18-year grudge towards Revolutions, which, whereas a disappointment on the time of its launch, was by no means so upsetting that it felt prefer it ruined anybody’s enjoyment of the unique Matrix, which stays a stone-cold traditional.
And perhaps Resurrections received’t repay. Perhaps I’ll be disillusioned once more. However that’s the chance you’re taking when you might have an fascinating, distinctive filmmaker like Lana Wachowski who’s extra considering pushing narrative boundaries than merely creating consolation meals. I’d moderately this sequel be in her fingers than anybody else who would possibly need to play it secure and attempt to recapture the lightning in a bottle of the 1999 film. It could not work out, however as we’ve seen from the Wachowskis’ post-Matrix Trilogy profession, it’s going to a minimum of be price our consideration. Gimme that pink tablet.
The Matrix Resurrections opens December 22nd in theaters and on HBO Max.
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