Okay, I was dissapointed with reloaded. And it wasn't because I was hyped to the point of expecting miracles from the directors. The special effects were fine, but the Architects speech was just muddled solipsistic pseudo-philosopy trying to give the film a lofty intellectual edge when, at it's roots, it's a low to middle brow action flick. The explanation at the end just came over as pretentious and over long.
The brothers said it was always going to be a trilogy but they concluded so much stuff after the first one I'm not convinced they are being honest on that front. If they were, a cardinal rule they broke was making Neo all super powerful. Where is the tension when he can fly just about anywhere and save the day again and again?
The French guy and the cake... Oh dear me. Zion was a bad Duran Duran MTV video... Morpheus speech... The Hugo-Keano fight was just one long CGI effect, when a director wants to impress me with a fight scene I need real people doing real stunts like Mr Chan or Lee (okay they use effects on occasion, but I spot those as well and wish they didn't and the best fights are when they don't).
Matrix reloaded was style over substance taken to an extreme. This isn't a terrible thing necessarily, and it got enough bums on seats in the cinema, as will the third no doubt, but if it want to be remembered as a classic in years to come (as the cast and brothers have said they hope it will be) it has to raise it's game 'substance-wise' big time to impress me...
And Keanu will always be wooden. And always be Ted (or is it Bill)?
This isn't a matrix hate mail. I really like the first. And the twins were cool in the second, as were most of the fights. The motorway bit was a very good high point to the film. Will watch the third to see how they wrap it up and if they do raise thier game, but far from anxious to be the first to see it. Give me another LOTR film any day.
Anyhow, I see alot of people loved it so if you can form an orderly queue to flame...