polishgenius Posted December 24, 2021 Share Posted December 24, 2021 Yeah, I thought that was pretty cracking. No, the action itself was not as good as the first one, or even the second one mostly, and it wasn't as near-perfect an experience overall, but it had far more narrative drive and direction than the sequels, and clearly knew what it wanted to do (that's why I'm not bothered that there wasn't more about the machine wars etc - it'd just have piled too much stuff on the main narrative goal), and I thought the visuals and general spectacle around the action were absolutely brilliant. Lawrence Fishburne not coming back made total sense- after all, that wasn't the real Morpheus, just a mind-wiped Neo's approximation of what he thought he remembered Morpheus to be. Hugo Weaving a bit less so, but you'd have had no mystery in the first part if it'd been him - and in any case Groff's more normal, slicker behaviour kinda suited the vibe here better, though you could see him channelling Weaving in the fight (which, apparently, was deliberate). I would say that the in-joke about being forced into making a sequel might be causing some of the split in opinion - that part in particular makes it seem like it's gonna be a far more cynical film than it ultimately ends up being, and those who were ready to buy into that might not have appreciated the optimistic swerve. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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