Before you ask, I'm referring to the trilogy, not just the first film, because IMHO, the films were quite linear, and it feels like one story to me, broken down into three parts, where as some other sequels or prequels or trilogies feel like stand-alone films that share characters or something. Does that make sense? I hope that makes sense.
I know there are many out there that feel the first film was significantly better than the next two, but I am not friends with those people. I am also not friends with anyone that says they haven't seen The Matrix, or that they hated The Matrix, or anything remotely close to such phrases.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, I figured I'd list some of the reasons why I love this movie so much. It won't be a complete list, probably not even close, but I'm going to take a stab at it.
The underlying concept(s) and their relation to the era in which this film was made. The story at its core, the "elevator pitch" if you will. What a wise person would say if trying to explain the film in five sentences or less to someone that had been living under a rock for the past 25 years. That, right off the bat, was winning.
The characters. There were many of them. They were rich, unique, distinct. Particularly Morpheus, Agent Smith, and the Architect. Maybe even the Oracle. "Um, A.C., Neo was the main character..." Yes, I see that, but that doesn't necessarily mean he has to be my favorite? I think? Even their names were bad ass. The only friggin character that wasn't bad ass was that little rat-looking troll that idolized Neo, LOL. But it's okay. He had the right idea.
The world. Especially the world outside of the Matrix. Urban elements on one end, and a mechanized hell on the other. It was grand.
The weapons were mostly conventional, inside the Matrix, anyway, but there were so many of them and such a variety of them that even that part was delicious! (I yap about my distaste for human firearms in sci fi in another post called Sci Fi Firepower.)
The verbiage. So many quotable lines. Again, primarily coming from the same three cats, Morpheus, Agent Smith, and the Architect. I must reiterate, this is just one simple man's take on a film, and you may disagree with a lot of this, but that's what makes it cool, our separate realities.
A side note: I ended up throwing that "Part 1" at the end there without originally having intended to because I realized this rabbit hole goes much deeper than I thought it did. Just like taking the red pill. Or was it the blue pill? I guess we'll find out soon enough! To be continued...
Image: Warner Bros.