It is my theory that every group of friends that travels in the comic/scifi/fantasy circle has at least one member who thinks that the Matrix is th be-all, end-all of movie-dom. I'm talking about the guy or gal who compares everything to the Matrix, uses phrases like Matrix-esque as if the Matrix were the first sci-fi movie ever made and also the best, and thinks that it is a philosophically deep movie. It's a rather annoying tendency, and it's frustrating because, myself being a film buff, the movies I talk about are unknown to this person, and he will rip on a movie for its resemblance to the Matrix regardless if the point he's talking about was hardly original to the Matrix films. It's useless to talk anything foreign or artistic with him (The Passion was the first movie he'd ever seen with subtitles), and he even has another friend who dismisses my film tastes because I like Tarantino (bear in mind here, the only movies these guys see are the likes of The Grudge, Hide and Seek, the Matrix, Boogeyman, etc). It is at times like these that I feel that truly great film is wasted on the masses, but that reeks of elitism, and that is tantamount to being a curseword in these days of anti-intellectualism. But that's a whole other discussion.
Also note that I don't really find anything intrinsically wrong with his attitude, it's just that I think if he expanded his horizons a bit, he wouldn't be so slavishly loyal to such a mediocre film. I mean, I've gotten my 15-year-old sister to watch and enjoy the likes of Citizen Kane and The 400 Blows. Maybe I'm just tired of being the only person I know who's interested in film as more than just a medium for mindless entertainment (and, believe me, I loves me the martial arts and zombie flicks enough to know all about that too). Ah, well. Discuss, if you want.
I liked all three. They were fun movies to watch.
With that being said, punch your friend in the face.
"I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally."
The first one I loved. The second one was bad enough for me that I didn't even bother with the third.
I'm curious about this Matrix online MMORG tho. Could be fun.
wait... let me get this right... you're saying that you are The One?
OK, it's like this:
I think I was 16 when I saw the first Matrix. My dad took me to it in the theater. It blew my mind. But I was 16. Still, I eagerly awaited the sequels. Like many, I was disappointed. I didn't hate them, but they weren't what my 16-year-old mind had been hoping for immediately after that first viewing, and weren't what my older and wiser mind was looking to see either. There were things to enjoy in them, to be sure, and I bought the DVDs, but they aren't my favorites. My only beef with my friend's opinion here is that for him, NOTHING is as good as the Matrix. And I don't mean just any other sci-fi action flick, I mean ANYTHING. And you can call me elitist or arrogant or any other word that comes to mind, but someone that thinks that, in my opinion, just hasn't seen enough movies.
EDIT because I realized if I was 17, I wouldn't have needed my dad to take me...
I was the same way with Star Wars when I was about 13. Some people just don't grow out of it.Originally Posted by cmoney
The first matrix was good. The second was good to numb your brain with and just watch the fights. The third sucked.