Happy new year to you all. I realise that I’ve been slacking off lately, what with no updates in over a week. This is disgraceful and I shall correct this by reviewing “The Matrix” trilogy. Let’s start with the first film in the series, shall we?
1999 was an odd year. It was a year where fear of “The Millennium Bug” was a genuine concern and not just a laughable notion. It was also the year that Benjamin Jack Browne III Esq. turned 13 and his outlook and life and films was starting to change. I was bought “The Matrix” on video for my birthday and it blew my mind. As soon as I finished watching it, my friend and I rewound it and watched it again. It is hard to describe how taken with this film I was, but let’s just say I was trying to bend spoons for the next few months.
I have a vivid memory of the beginning of “The Matrix”. When Trinity jumped, hung in mid-air for a second as the camera panned round and then delivered a massive kick to two policemen, my jaw hit the floor and I uttered a very soft but assured “Holy fuck!” Evidently, many filmmakers felt the same as ,arguably, a new way of big-budget filmmaking had just been born. As I was watching through the film recently, I kept forgetting how many good bits there were, be it a line of dialogue or a frackin’ awesome fight scene. The one thing that bugged me about it wasn’t really the film’s fault. Unfortunately, the film seems like a parody of itself at times- what with “Bullet Time” and Matrix parodies cropping up in everything in the early Noughties. It hasn’t stopped either- what with shitty daytime T.V. ads even going as far as to rip off the “Guns…lots of guns” scene- proof here. Yes, thank you so much you advert bastards, when I’m watching a film I clearly want to be reminded of your shitty comparison rip-off crap halfway through (!) Wankers.
Favourite scenes of mine include the famous lobby sequence in which Neo and Trinity turn a shiny marble Government lobby into dust and debris with the aid of several thousand bullets and some flashy wire-fu moves. I love the subway showdown between Neo and Smith too. The brutality and “down and dirty” nature of it really appeals to me. You feel every punch and kick- it’s great.
I’m running out of things to say. Needless to say (but I’ll say it anyway), you’ve probably seen “The Matrix” and probably know every line and occurance like I do. I’m so glad that almost ten years on, I still think it’s a fantastic film. Let’s hope it still holds up in another ten.