Been thinkin on the Matrix. We've touched at times on the sequel. (Reloaded, Revolutions never happened except for the Club Scene, and the final fight with Smith, but I just pretend those were the credit scenes for Reloaded)
So, clearly, the OG Matrix is the start of it all, it's the idea, the freshness, it introduced us. So at the start, it's the #1.
But Reloaded came in, and to me, is the better movie, just more straight to it.
What I mean is, you open with the Matrix, never seen it before, ok, why this girl in latex sittin here, feds, oh ****, why she up in the air like that, wait, what, she flyin thru the window, lands smooth, guns out, what the hell???? Now Keanu, looks......like Keanu, blank, walkin around, at work, cube, now he online, follow the white rabbit, what in the.......now the feds got him, wait, why his mouth, what....wakes up. What kinna **** am I watchin right now? Now he really wakes up, he's a battery, lots of batteries, someone flushed the toilet. Now he's bald. Crappy sweaters, crappy food, they live in a submarine. Red pill, blue pill, who gives a ****, Morpheus is cool there's a war, the world is not real, we're all computers, what in the heck is happening, dojo. Oh ****, DOJO!!!! Fight, fight, fight, this is awesome, look at em go. Now they seein the Oracle whatever that is. Spoon bends, cool. You're not the one, got it. Uh oh, sellout, Morpheus and Smith fight, this is awesome. Now Neo needs to help, guns. Holy ****!!!! Lobby scene, hooooooooooooly ****. Helicopter, dodge bullets, holy ****!!! Fight Smith, I'm about to pass out, Neo's dead. Sad ending. Neo's alive, this is awesome, whoa he just ate Smith, phone rings, Neo can fly.
Original. For 2 hours, you enjoy 30 minutes, the hour and a half is you sifting thru some weird stuff. But it gets you there eventually, and you loved it.
Now Reloaded, we skip all that. We here. We ready. You know who is who, you know what we can do, let's dance. Upgrades. Superman fly moon pic. Then they really dance, in crappy sweaters, in a cave, techno. Oracle, lil Asian bad *** fight, awesome. Smith, lots of Smiths. Holy ****. Now Merovingian. Check out the rack on his girl, goodness gracious. Twins. The Chateau, one of the most beautiful scenes ever. Freeway chase, unreal. I'm over an hour in, and only been bored while they were dancin in the cave for 7 minutes. Now they got the keymaker, and enter the building, and Neo is talkin too........God? Something something something, ergo, something, the end.
For my money, the Matrix really only needs the Dojo, and the Lobby, and I'm straight. Gimme those clips, I'm good.
Reloaded, I can watch the entire movie, outside of the damn cave dance, and be all in, the whole time. Powers are upgraded. Almost everything is in the Matrix, and beautiful, and green hued. Not grimy like the Matrix. The outfits, the scenery, the soundtrack (freeway scene music was insane)
So, while I understand the first is what brought it to light, and is probably considered the better overall film, I have Reloaded ranked ahead of it sheerly off what they pulled off. Got a little convoluted, and maybe lost a few things, but I thought the God dude, and Merovingian and the twins, and the epic scenes, and the Keymaker made up for all that.
When we were talkin about what movies would you rather have, pick this or that, with this franchise, I think I would take the sequel over the original, sort of like how we chopped up Bad Boys. 1 may have been tighter, but 2 upped the ante, even with some mixed crazy in it. Can't Reloaded get that same vibe as Bad Boys 2, even if the first is technically the better film?