The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
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Went from "Oh no, they went full sequels again" to "What the hell is going on here this is great and confusing and weird and I'm not sure if I love it or hate it" to "ugh, can we stop trying to make everything Star Wars" to "I have no idea what is at stake here and I don't care if they succeed or if that's even possible."
I mean, it started out pretty decently. The first 30-45 minutes are great fun and actually kind of interesting. Everything after that slowly falls apart. The villain stuff is kinda hand waved away with mumbo jumbo about something, and we kind of lose the narrative when the conceit of the film is revealed. The further the film continues, the further we get from understanding what we're doing and why.
It starts out being one thing, and then ends up being just another action Matrix movie. Its philosophical questions are inconsistent, but perhaps interesting to a degree. Its ultimate point about media consumption and nostalgia being comforting is kinda muddy, and not well suited to the filmic medium. Though I agree with the point that media consumption is ultimately a neurotransmitter delivery system, I'd rather read it in a magazine article, to be honest. Despite messy action editing, a pointless plot, and neverending Neo force pushes, it's probably still better than one or two of the sequels though.
3 stars out of 5
I had a chuckle over this quote at the very beginning: "I'm sure you can understand why our beloved parent company, Warner Bros., has decided to make a sequel to the trilogy. They informed me they're gonna do it with or without us."
From then on I tried to approach it with a sense of humour and basically just pretended it's fanfiction.
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