The Matrix has been a huge cultural phenomenon in our society, as well as the film series that came from it. It is one of those films that people have loved for decades and will continue to love forever. The question remains – what does this mean for South Park?⋆
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is SOUTH PARK Minus The Laughs and Brains. The movie was released in theaters on March 23, 2019. Read more in detail here: matrix resurrection.
I’ll give you my “non-spoiler” review of The Matrix Resurrections.
The Matrix Resurrections, in my opinion, is like a two-hour South Park “member berry” episode, but without the humor or intelligence to function.
The authors are too preoccupied with their own smug farts to see that it’s just a terrible 4th wall-breaking meme.
The film’s most ironic joke is that it transforms its heroes into the villains of their own tale while attempting to PWN “The Right” for the LOLZ, failing even more spectacularly than The Rise of Skywalker’s attempt to recoup its money at the box office.
If your first film in the trilogy was The Last Jedi instead of The Force Awakens, it’s the Disney Sequel Trilogy with a fresh coat of paint from another studio.
It was solely for the benefit of the Benjis.
You may argue about whether it’s woke or not, but it’s still a botched cash grab.
It’s a film that’s so unsure of what it wants to be that it needs to actually drag in aspects, real footage, and people from the original films just to try to explain why it exists in the first place.
The reasoning are as perplexing as the tone it attempts to establish throughout the film.
The “narrative” revolves on a GPS that keeps recalculating with one subplot detour after another, frantically attempting to get to its goal without losing the audience’s attention span.
It does nothing to advance or resolve the story or mythology of the first films in any way that makes sense; it simply exists because a studio (in this case, Warner Bros.) wanted to try their hand at political/social messaging while cashing in on a popular IP with a built-in audience, and ended up with snake eyes.
What, on the other hand, didn’t work?
Because Sony has just realized that “get awakened, go bankrupt” is a losing proposition.
To be clear, Spider-Man: No Way Home was primarily a Sony production, rather than a Disney-directed MCU feature.
They understand that offering fans what they want while honoring their audience’s origins, rather than lecturing them on what they need, is a successful tactic.
They did it with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which was a box office smash compared to its sewage suit-clad predecessor, which should have been left in 2016.
Oh, and don’t forget about Sonic the Hedgehog.
Do you recall when the director suspended work due to fan dissatisfaction?
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Remember how much better it was received when the director really listened to the customer’s complaints rather than making up reasons to dismiss them?
You know, the sequel to a film that doesn’t have to utterly disregard the prior episode in order to go forward?
It Isn’t Difficult
It’s about appreciating where your success began, rather than retconning it into something it was never intended to be, just because you, as a creator or studio, feel compelled to “repair” something was never wrong in the first place, for a variety of reasons.
This is why there is no Part IV in Back to the Future.
It understood when to stop telling its narrative and when to move away. In the same way as Return of the Jedi did in 1983.
In comparison to the rubbish, rudderless, “soft reboot” we received later, the tale recounted after the fact, being The Prequels, which were faulty at the time, appear like masterpieces.
Warner Bros. might have decided, like Disney with Star Wars, to accept the basic mythos of the first trilogy (flawed as it was) and expand on it.
Instead, they attempted to replace it with inferior, creatively bankrupt concepts, erasing their previous success and breaking their audience’s confidence. Apathy is the end of the road; once an audience has lost interest in your IP, it’s over.
There Isn’t Any Hope
I’m staring at you, Paul Feig is a writer and director.
You are not required to like it or to agree with it. You have the right to enjoy objectively poor films.
In any case, The Matrix: Resurrections fell short of expectations.
The bulk of viewers and the box office have spoken.
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