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the Matrix Reloaded.

so.

i went and saw the new Superman film last night.

i was glad to see that old supes has ditched the red and blue, but a little disappointed with the religious look he was supporting. and what's with those sunglasses? i know that while you're clark kent you've got to wear them, supes, but what point do they actually serve at any other point in the film? well, what does it matter? you saved lois and jimmy on numerous occasions.

so, yeah, i didn't much like reloaded. in fairness i didn't think the Matrix was any great shake, and i had read comments before, telling me that it was a bit hollow in the centre. well, a think a bit is somewhat of an understatement, don't you? at one stage i felt i could have gotten out of my seat, grabbed a coke, flirted with the underage staff, done a little dance, and returned to the cinema where i would find the same pointless drivel going on, and still be facing the important question of, why are you all dressed like that?

one of the problems, i think, is neo. what's the point of half his fights? a hundred agent smith's is silly, the program guard is just an excuse for a flat fight, and the fight through the museum bit is actually kind of dull and repetitive. it appears, though i could be wrong, that the same moves are used in all the fights, and nothing new is added.

i also wonder, just, how it is that a program can die from bullets or swords?

the film does pick up with the morpheus, trinity, key-maker, two blonde guys chase through the streets. that's pretty nifty, and it might be more interesting because there's no assurance that these characters will survive, or because they're not so fucking all powerful that they can leap tall buildings in a single bound and save lois... sorry, but do you mind if i hum the superman theme song now?

the other problem i had was agent smith. he could have been used in a much more interesting, dangerous way, i thought, by putting him on the same side as neo. it might've given some tension to the thing, at least.

but ah, this is just going on. final comments: stylish, but dull, and hollow, and with rather simple philosophical mumblings about people and machines.

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(Anonymous)
May. 22nd, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)
Why is is that you only ever bother to invite me to the wierd films that you see. Anything I might actually be interested in paying money for (ie something with big effects/visuals upon which I can appreciate a large screen and sound) you've already seen without me!
benpeek
May. 22nd, 2003 10:17 pm (UTC)
generally because the big mind numbing things i never plan, i just go. it's like: hmm, it's eight thirty at night, i don't want to be here, i'll go and see a film.

and because you're always telling me that you don't have money to see films :)

so, if there is something big coming out, you should say, hey, ben, i wanna see this.

that said, if you haven't seen X2, i can definately go for a repeat viewing of that. my little comic heart is all pleased with it.
(Anonymous)
May. 25th, 2003 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Of the big 2s I think the XMen sequel was infinitely better. MMMM Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian doing their Philospher King shtick! I love that stuff. In fact I have already seen it twice, which is incredibly rare for me. It even made me think about looking into reading Xmen comics, but this fervour soon died. I assume there is more colourful spandex and less emphasis on the relationship between Xmen and normal people. I hope they continue to make these films, unlike the Matrix which I really feel uninspired about having sen it this weekend.

And OH OH. I actually LAUGHED as the credits rolled. WHat the HELL was with that final scene with the DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN! music and the bad guy's face? I half expected some voice over to say "Tune in next week. Same matrix time Same matrix channel"!

And I completely agree with your views on Smith. He MADE the first movie and now he's just a dumb, aimless monster.

I came out of the first movie feeling it was a bold, if tangential, metaphor for the human condition and willing to ponder such epistemological issues further. This time I'm not thinking about anything, not even the sequel.
benpeek
May. 25th, 2003 07:59 pm (UTC)
now you see, i didn't leave the first film thinking that. but i think, perhaps, maybe, the first film was better.

i really detest the superman thing.

at the moment grant morrison is writing an x-men title, called NEW X-MEN which is similar to the film in its approach. and ULTIMATE X-MEN has the whole plastic prison thing going, but the last two issues were dodge, and a new writer and artist start next issue, so it should be better.

they're about all i can recommend. you could also try out the graphic novel GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS, but i've not read it and can't say anything about its quality.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2003 05:17 pm (UTC)
The Animatrix
What I think is the most humiliating aspect (for "the brothers") of the year of the matrix is that any one of the short films in the animatrix seems to me to contain more storytelling power than the entire 2nd film.
Not that I know much about storytelling, but that's what it seemed to me. I mean, I actually enjoyed the animatrix.

It also makes me wonder if quality is inversely related to marketing.
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