I am watching The Matrix again. This is my …Actually, I can’t remember how many times I’ve watched it, as this is one of those movies that I can watch again and again and still enjoy it. If it is on TV at no matter what point I catch it at, whether it be at the very beginning, middle or when the credits are about to roll, I will watch it through to the end.
Do you have a movie that’s like that for you?
The Matrix has you
Today I am catching it start to end on Swedish Netflix. I saw Trinity earlier in the day on Iron Fist (disappointing, not her – but the show in general) and it left me with an overwhelming need to watch Neo learn how to kick agent ass, follow the white rabbit and learn Kung Fu.
When the neon green code filters down the screen, I feel a sense of anticipation. When Morpheus offers Neo a choice, I wish it was me who was making it (spoiler: I would follow in Neo’s footsteps) and when things get all spoon bendy, and start to really kick off, I can’t keep my eyes off the screen.
This film doesn’t have a spot that drags at all. Every part is essential, and every part is beautifully choreographed and thought out. If you couldn’t tell already, I kind of love this movie.
A long time ago in a cinema in Prague
I remember the first time I ever saw this film. It was in a little rundown cinema with cherubs adorning massive pillars that surrounded the dilapidated yet comfy red chairs. I was sat drinking tea and eating cake, and I remember that I was so absorbed that by the end of the movie, I had a very cold nearly full cup of tea and a half-eaten piece of cake.
Side note: I ended up tipping the tea away and eating the cake in the street as I walked back to my apartment (it would be rude to waste a nice piece of cake!).
I had never seen anything like it. I knew that the awesome effects would change cinema in a major way. But more than that – the film really resonated with me. I loved the philosophical exploration and the fact that the fight scenes were so perfectly done. It was exactly all I ever wanted in a film wrapped up in a neat little package with Keanu Reeves leading the journey in one of his most convincing roles.
It’s all in the design
From the costumes and the shabby surroundings to the shiny guns, reflective sunglasses, white out rooms and the woman in the red dress. It is beautiful.
Everything in this film is expertly pieced together.
The fight scenes are poetry and just as much a part of the narrative as the script, and the chemistry between the cast gives the film the spark it needs to endure.
The film holds up. It was released 18 years ago, and it has not suffered the pitfalls of ageing films marred by the tinted glasses of nostalgia. It still feels current.
Now, this is all, of course, my opinion. My sci-fi fan brain is in hyperdrive, and I’m okay with that. Actually, I love that I have something that inspires me like this.
The Wachowskis created a piece of pure cinematic magic, and for that, I am forever grateful.