Talking Movies

February 28, 2020

Miscellaneous Movie Musings: Part XXVII

As the title suggests, so forth.

Reloaded Revisited

I recently watched The Matrix Reloaded all the way thru for the first time in many years when Sky One idly decided to screen it. Oh, the wasted intellectual time and energy that went into trying to make this movie more than it was when it came out in 2003. It is awful. It is memorable in places. But that is not enough to make it not awful. The film is almost an object lesson that merely subverting expectations doesn’t achieve anything. Cutting your action sequences to pieces at the start and end of a film, ending a film with the climactic action beat being impenetrable polysyllabic gobbledeegook in a room, having your plot be a ‘get that thing, to do this thing’ which starts only 40 minutes into the movie, all of these choices subvert expectations. And are awful. The Architect is memorable, but that scene is awful. Lines from it, engraved on my soul from going over and over the VHS, and from the memorable MTV take-down of it, float across my consciousness from time to time. As Michael Gove lays the foundations for flouncing out of trade talks that haven’t even f***ing begun yet by announcing an impossible arbitrary timetable  one line seems … apropos. At some point it might even be uttered by M. Barnier. On being flatly told, you’ll cave, Germany needs British car sales to survive, he might riposte – “There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept”…

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