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Film: 30 Movies in 30 Days: Day 26

This post is part of a month-long project, answering thirty topics about movies over thirty days. The subject for the twenty-sixth day is:

A movie that you love but everyone else hates

I wasn’t entirely sure what to cover here. I don’t know anybody locally who enjoys Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but that’s not a common opinion as the film received very positive reviews. While it’s very different to the book I really enjoyed What Dreams May Come even though a lot of people didn’t (but not enough to be a film ‘everyone else’ hates). I’ve mentioned before how I liked Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest when a lot of people were disappointed with it, so for this entry I think I’ll choose another disliked middle film in a trilogy:

The Matrix Reloaded

The Matrix Reloaded

(No source, this is a screengrab from the DVD)

For me the original film in the trilogy (before there was talk of a trilogy), The Matrix, was a good film that I promptly forgot about, and it was only when the sequels were revealed that I thought about it again. Much like the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy neither sequel is thought of too fondly but, also like the Pirates trilogy, I have a lot of love for the second instalment while being very disappointed in the third.

I have to admit that my fondness for it is more about the action set-pieces and special effects than the story, but considering the ridiculous effort they put into those things I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. The battle between Neo and the dozens (hundreds?) of Agent Smiths is magnificent, which was reconfirmed when I watched it again in slowmotion to get some screengrabs and had a chance to watch how carefully sculpted the whole thing is (thanks to heavy usage of computers and wires, of course).

Then there’s the staircase fight scene, Neo battling the Merovingian’s guards with lots of different weapons, flowing straight into the spectacular freeway scene with Trinity and Morpheus trying to keep the Keymaker safe from the albino twins and the other agents. The final big action scene is the three-pronged attempt to get Neo through the glowing door he keeps having visions of, which to me always felt like a far more dramatic climax than the actual one we get in the next film.

It’s not all about the action scenes though. While most of the Zion scenes are forgettable (which is partly why the Zion-focused third film suffers), especially the lengthy rave scene, there are some occasional moments there that are worthwhile (Neo unsure how to respond to the worship of the people, Morpheus’ confidence and rousing speech). Other parts of the film fare better, with the meeting with the Merovingian and Persephone being fun to watch because they’re great chracters. I also liked the final scene with the Architect, which a lot of people didn’t. It did some surprising things with the nature of the world and Neo’s role as The One, leaving the film set up for a far better final film than the one they made.

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