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09 November 2003 @ 06:16 pm
I just lost my entire post on Matrix: Revolution. Poo.

Basically, it was a "good movie" in the sense that any Hollywood film these days is, fully showing off its large budget through nifty special effects, brand-name actors, and what-have-you. I was disappointed in it because it felt like it relied on the basics set by the first movie and the special effects standards set by the second movie, without creating new anything of its own. It relied greatly on cliches, and in general was pretty bland in the philosophical regard.

Neo is still as bright as a pile of bricks. Come on, Neo. Let's think about this. Who the hell else refers to you as "Mr. Anderson" on a regular basis? Speaking of Smith, there was (of course) lots of Smith. Yay Smith! I laughed so hard when he was being all evil up in the sky and LIGHTNING STRAGETICALLY FLASHED AROUND HIM. It was so wonderfully CHEESY.

The "god" of the machine city reminded me of a Goth version of the sun in the Teletubbies. It also vaguely reminded me of the giant projected head in the Wizard of Oz. Other than that, I found it somewhat annoying, because it spoke with discernible emotion - if indeed it is a true machine, it should not have anger. It should not sound like a two-year old trying to prove its independence a la "we don't need you," you know?

I also (finally) saw Pirates of the Caribbean last Thursday. I have discovered that Captain Jack Sparrow is a man almost entirely in sync with his Tao! But that's probably more thought than a movie with skeleton pirates needs or wants, really. So, to put it simply, he amuses me vastly.

Running out of time!
Current Mood: nervousnervous
Lukesemi_normal on November 10th, 2003 09:08 pm (UTC)
Moral or message has never, ever made a movie. Where I think the two sequels fall down, rather than discussions of the philosophy behind the movies, are in terms of cinematic pacing and climax. Reloaded didn't quite realise it's potential because it had no threat to Neo. To this you'd naturally say we had Smith, but the problem was he wasn't properly set up, cinematically, to be a challenge. Even when we had the hundred man pileon, you still get the sense that Neo's only struggling a little. It destroyed Smith as a powerful character by forcing him into numbers to accomplish that power. The third movie fixed that by building Smith into a proper threat - he gains power equal to Neo, he threatens the entire Matrix itself....so why couldn't they have started building that in the second movie rather than just sort of throwing it in in the third movie? Again, pacing. The third movie felt a little rushed, and the second felt like it had no substance. They should probably have flowed a little better.

There's a saying in drama. If someone gets shot in the third act, the gun has to be on the table in the second. Smith should have been starting to be established in the second movie, I beleive, even if only as an epilogue.

Anyway, that's just me rambling. What I really agree with is what Abi said to begin with - that they didn't add enough new, instead only trying to stretch out the original. In that I sort of feel like the original movie was the definitive work, and the two following read like someone's choppy fanfiction. It has moments of creativity, but otherwise it seems scared to break away from the original and hence just ends up echoing it ad nauseum.
livinghole on November 10th, 2003 09:30 pm (UTC)
Don't forget that both movies were originally supposed to come out as one. This still doesn't do anything though

If someone gets shot in the third act, the gun has to be on the table in the second.

Much like Neo (or any other person finally being unplugged from the matrix), Smith is not fully aware of the powers he has when he becomes the virus. He decides to pick the track that seems most logical to him at the moment - multiplicity. When he realizes that having many copies of himself isn't going to work, Smith becomes more clever. First, he infests Bane. Then, by learning from his previous fights with Neo, Smith discovers the possibilities that his new body brings him. It's not until the 3rd movie that we get to see him using this. Learning takes time though--no one makes their first jump.

I just lost where I was going, but it's mostly complete =P