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Younger generations take on the Matrix Trilogy has baffled me.


I've noticed an amazing phenomenon in recent years. And in a nutshell it's this:
People who have just recently seen the Matrix 1,2 and 3 for the first time (ex: 2010-2014), or people who were born after 1999, adore the Matrix Trilogy. And this blew my mind. I realized that these are the reasons:

1. The Matrix 1 is not mind blowing anymore:
In 1999, The Matrix was pretty much incredible. Now? After the Avengers, LOTR, Transformers...bullet time is pretty "meh" at best for young people/new viewers. So they didn't have ridiculous expectations set up for the sequels.

2. The Trailers are not there to desensitize the audience:
"The moment" came when watching the Matrix Trilogy with my ex-girlfriend. And I swear to God, she was floored more by the sequels than the original. When Neo fought the 100 Smiths, she said "They filmed this. Someone actually made this. This is unbelievable. How?". You see, she didn't have the Reloaded/Revolutions trailer ruining and building up the spectacles that were about to be seen in Reloaded/Revolutions. Everything was as fresh as when we first saw the Matrix 1 in 1999.

3. No time between the films.
a) New audiences will usually watch all 3 films within a few days of each other. There's no months (or years) of pondering and building up ideas.
b) Waiting 6 months for Revolutions, is the same as waiting 6 months for the final hour of the "Dark Knight". Imagine that for a second. Because that's all Revolutions is: "the ending to Reloaded". Imagine if the final hour of the Dark Knight was considered its own film. Audiences would have flipped: "That's it? The Joker and Batman have a 3 minute fight...and it's over?"

4. The Trailers didn't spoil the surprises.
When people went to see Revolutions in 2003, every single person on earth knew that it would end with Neo vs. Smith in the rain. However, watching them the way they were meant to be seen (without spoilers), changed my entire perspective. In fact, the people I've shown the trilogy to had absolutely no idea how it would end. Only when the Oracle mentions that "Neo or Smith would settle the war" is the first time that the idea of "some confrontation" comes about. Seeing 4-5 jaws collectively drop the second Neo goes in for the final battle is very satisfying.

5. Time changes everything:
I'm sure in the mid 80s, "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" was a huge disappointment. But now? I think most people will agree: "Well, it's not as good as 1 or 2, but it has it's moments. And I'm glad it was made. It's still really fun." Movies are seen very differently years after they were made. I know friends who told me Blade Runner got 1/10 reviews at the time. So did other classics that were ahead of their time. And the Matrix sequels are no exception. And I'm noticing all over that perceptions are changing.

6. Hype destroys everything:
I once told a college student that "Mad Max: The Road Warrior" was a masterpiece that he had to see. He gave it a 2/10 rating. "Boring/predictable/stupid" was his review. That's when it hit me. You can't ever go into a movie expecting it to blow you away. It's almost as unfair as going into a blind date expecting the same thing. Again, new viewers or younger ones never had to experience that insane hype.


I can finally "get" why these movies are being seen positively after years of bashing. They're legitimate 8/10 films (together as a 2 part narrative), that were treated as if they were "Highlander 2 bad". And that, my friends, is an unforgivable crime in cinema.

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My 9 year old was blown away by the the first one. We've yet to watch the last two as they get more philosophical IMO. I enjoyed them all but I do like that my kids can at least watch the original one and still get wowed by something 10 years older than they are. Indeed I still get wowed by movies 10+ years older than I am. That's when you know the movie is good. These are solid movies with a solid story. Room for improvement? Yes. Perfect? No. Good and worth watching from time to time? Absolutely.

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Completely agree with what you said about the sequels. My friends laughed at me when I said I loved them. I didn't like them as much as the first, but I thought they were brilliant. I still believe they the test of time though. It's like Jurassic Park.... everyone watches it and appreciates and loves the CGI because they know that its incredible now, but back in the 90's it was out of the world. I believe people do appreciate older movies, but not all newer folks do.

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I agree, mad_mike.

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This is a foolish OP. The Matrix movies came out exactly as they were supposed to be - just as one of the many themes itself - and the 2nd and 3rd one embodied them precisely.

The first was like like an accessible appetizer made modern for classic philosophical ideas. It used and pioneered some of the best cinematographic techniques.

The only legitimate critique of any of these movies is that they aren't thematically original. However, they were late enough, combined enough things thoughtfully, and with its own flavour....They rate as tops on my list; 1 being #1.

I was born September 3rd 1989. This was a classic childhood trilogy for me. It was clear the creators knew they had something to do and say with this. *beep* ratings and money and what others said. Two bad ass movies with purpose in one year is exactly that: bad ass. They can't even do that now with *beep* thoughtless movies designed to make money and be totally unremarkable.

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You forgot one fundamental thing:

Millennials are morons that will open their mouths waiting to be fed just any bullshit by whatever corporation will make it sound cool enough.

They love the trilogy because they cannot understand what is wrong with Revolutions. All they see is a cool movie with lots of special effects.
You are talking about people who have the movie culture of any oyster who lived close enough to a television set. They just absorb images while tweeting, texting and instagramming themselves watching movies. You think they try to understand? please.

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Lmao the truth is these movies suck. First one wasn’t THAT great and the others were not good. Certainly not good enough to judge an entire generation by

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