GeraldLovesCinema247’s review published on Letterboxd:
Alas, I've finally watched what is perhaps one of the most divisive films of 2021, The Matrix Resurrections. I've heard extreme reactions from both sides outright hating this movie and others praising it. Naturally, of course a fourth Matrix film was definitely not something I wasn't expecting, especially in regards to how the previous two sequels were received. The first Matrix will always be a sci-fi action masterpiece and one of my absolute favorite movies. As someone who personally didn't mind the sequels, I came out of The Matrix Resurrections quite enjoying the film for what it was. By no means is this film as awful as the Internet is exaggerating it to be. I can understand why some people don't like Matrix Resurrections, but I also understand why some people honestly appreciate it alot. I really enjoyed this movie. The first 20 minutes or so are the strongest for sure. I admire the film's approach to legacy sequels and that it doesn't hide its meta messages. At the same time though, there are some laughably cheesy scenes that I enjoyed as pure unintentional comedy. This aspect in a way refreshingly helped separate the film from the other sequels. I think this movie did a better job with deconstruction than most legacy sequels have done. Acting wise, the performances are mostly fine, with some bad acting here and there. Keanu Reeves is still cool as Neo, but for me this was Carrie Anne-Moss's time to shine. I loved the idea of making the story and stakes centered on the relationship between Neo and Trinity. 20 years later and their chemistry is still fantastic as ever. The action scenes are serviceable, but that's underwhelming since this is the team that revolutionize a whole generation of action scenes. All in all, I enjoyed Matrix Resurrections more than I expected.
My Rating: 8/10