I watched all 3 Matrix movies over the past 3 days, I don't really have the attention span to watch more than one movie, especially from the same series, in a day. Anyway, I know these movies are old, but hey, I just re-watched them, so I'm talking about them now. I share the same thoughts that most people seem to when it comes to these movies. Matrix 1 = awesome, Matrix 2 = good, but not as good, Matrix 3 = WHY? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!?". Alright, it wasn't THAT bad, but hey, it was the third one, and I wasn't paying a great deal of attention.
I'll try and talk a bit about the franchise as a whole, as well as the movies if I can, but for now, it is movie time. These movies are most well known for really changing the way special effects work, and they either created, or at least pioneered "Bullet time". While this is a pretty cool effect, it can get kind of annoying sometimes when things are slowed down just so the guys that did it can get off to it, or things are slowed down too much. Like in the second movie, which starts with a very slow motion bit with Trinity jumping out a building and laying some shots into an agent, later on in the movie, this scene happens again (the first time was Neo seeing what could happen) but the slowdown is exactly the same, everything is, and I just find myself thinking "Yeah, we've seen that, this movie is over 2 hours as it is, maybe you shouldn't deliberately extend it, kay?". I can understand wanting some slow motion, there was a lot of action, and it would be a bit tricky to keep up with it at full speed, but that was too slow.
These movies are very good still though, especially the effects, which I just spent a good half paragraph bashing, but they do look good, and the Wachowski brothers, the creators, are some of the few people to realize that good effects does NOT equal good movie, it has a pretty good script, and a pretty good story behind it as well as cool effects. The slow motion really does come into it's own during fight scenes as well, and for a movie that contains a whole lot of guns, there's still probably more hand to hand fighting. The fight scenes are absolutely amazing. Especially the final fight between Neo and Smith. But try as I might, I still can't understand the ending. I even read about it, about what happened, and I still go "WTF? Nahh".
Either way, still good movies. Another downside of them though is Keanu Reeves. These are the movies that really defined him as an actor, I seriously cannot state another movie that Keanu was in, but they defined him as an alright actor, but not the best there. I think the guy who played Morpheus did much better. I loved the speeches he gave and just all the cool stuff he came out with. Whereas Keanu tended to speak in a monotonous voice and his face barely moved. I call this Star Wars Syndrome, everyone remembers the stunning performances of Harrison Ford, and he got much better jobs, than the main actor, Mark Hamill, who was at least pretty cool, plus he does excellent voice over work. There was actually a kid at my school who looked just like Keanu Reeves, he even had the jacket, we did actually call him Neo. Even though he'd have left school by now, I hope the nickname stuck lol.
They also spawned some pretty good vidya games. I loved Enter The Matrix, which was essentially telling the story of the Matrix through two of the lesser characters, although I guess you could call Naiobe a main character after her work in 3. Either way, it was a good game. Path of Neo was pretty good too, but not as good as it could have been. I also sadly never got to play The Matrix Online. I think I didn't learn about it until after it was closed. Shit sucks
Anyway, to summarize, the Matrix has you, and damn it's good.
Also let's not forget Animatrix, which, again, is something I've seen very little of.