I briefly glanced at the Golden Globe nominations list and could maybe pick out five items I had watched this year. I watched Soul. That was good. I do plan to watch Don’t Look Up. It seems a bit far fetch in its cynacism but I will give it a try. Perhaps at 2am in the coming week. I had no clue Ben Affleck was in a movie this year. Go figure. Seems Licorice Pizza, despite an icky sounding food, shows promise as a film. Question is where can I catch it?
One movie I did watch and had looked forward to was Matrix 4- or its actual title Matrix Resurrections. I even prepared by re-watching the trilogy beforehand. And, that may have been problematic. I found the second Matrix movie, after more than 20 years to be cheesy and to showcase very long, unnecessary fight scenes. But I did try to go into the Matrix 4 with open eyes. After 30 minutes that were self-referential and self-deprecating, real parts of the plotline moved along but the freshness of it all was not there. It was a bit stale. It truly is a sad moment when a highly anticipated event somewhat loses its way and relevance.
There were many times where we were not yet sure how the pieces fit together. And, that’s ok. We’re meant to unravel this puzzle alongside Neo who is confused at first as to whether he is suffering a mental breakdown or is being controlled (again) by a systemand its creator. I won’t give away the spoiler of who is the creator. I’ll just say I was not thrilled. Neo is eventually not only able (as expected) to recognize the systems of control that hold him in place bit also dismantle them. He is able to save the love of his life from these systems of control. Matrix Resurrections at the end of the day is a love story all around swimming in nostalgia.
This all sounds good for a large scale sequel. Yet, sadly, I fell asleep part way through and had to re-watch it. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, as I’ve rewatched many times the previous trilogy. The problem was that the excitement I had anticipated dissipated. Kind of how one soon felt about the year 2020.
With all this said, watch it. You need to in order to make sure you have closure. For now.