Brief Opinion: Not as slashy as The Matrix Reloaded.
But less boring.
Not enough Smith. Not enough Smith and Neo.
I really like Neo Fanboy. Although he gives me this whole "Neo, I'd do anything for you, Neo..." vibe. Right before he fires the guns at the machines, he says, with this completely besotted gaze, "Neo, I believe..." (Even when Neo's not there.)
But I liked it. I especially liked the battle sequence, where the machines are attacking Zion. And you just know the commander of the resistance fighters is going to die one of those horribly-wounded, intensely bloody, drawn-out "You Must Go On" deaths. And you know that Neo Fanboy is going to courageously take up his fallen commander's post, and... you know the rest of it.
What else can I say?
Trinity dies again. And this time, no Kiss of Life. Pardon me, but I'm relieved. It's gone on for far too long.
Neo's blinded. By Smith. After which Neo bludgeons him (in Bane's body) to death.
I don't like the way the end of this intensely intelligent trilogy turned into a fist-fight between Neo and Smith. It has gorgeous cinematography - and I liked watching it very much. Inner slasher was quite merrily smiling at certain bits, but the rest of me was thinking, "This reminds me of a Superman movie." But I've been waiting for the Neo-Smith confrontation in the rain scene since I saw the trailer for the last movie, and I can't say I feel bitterly disappointed.
There isn't much of a conclusion, really. You don't even know if Neo survives, for real. But you surmise, and the Oracle and the girl I believe will be the new Oracle seem to say, yes, he did.
How could Neo and Smith end like that? When right at the beginning, the Oracle tells Neo, "He is you. Your opposite. Your negative. The result of this equation trying to balance itself out."
And Smith still gets the coolest lines. Ever.
And he does the trademark Ultimate Evil "I'm Going To Take Over the World, and the Box Office, Too" laugh.
I shall now include a completely gratuitous Neo-Smith exchange.
Smith: "We've been here before, you and I. Seem familiar?"
Smith: "I want what you want. Yes..."
Smith: "Oh yes, Mr. Anderson... There is nowhere I can't go, nowhere I can't find you."
But I like Neo's sense of humor. After he's blinded, he says, to Trinity, "I'm sorry, Trin, but I think you're going to have to drive."
Perhaps that's why he and Trinity go so well together. When he discovers she's dying, he says, "Trinity, you can't die!" in the usual anguished manner. She, however, replies, quite dryly, "Yes, I can." And goes on to say, "You brought me back once before, but not this time."
And of course, the last thing she wants from him is a kiss. I liked that part, though. It was sweet.
Smith, the poor creature, is an eternal, tragic cynic. He tells Neo, "After all, it was your life that taught me the purpose of all life. And the purpose of all life is to end."
And in the usual Hero Is Beaten But Keeps On Fighting Insurmountable Odds scene, Smith demands, "Why, Mr. Anderson, why? Why do you do it? Why get up? Why keep fighting? Are you fighting for more than your survival?" Smith sounds almost emotional here - he certainly sounds vehement. I almost hear despair. Almost as if he is fighting to understand what drives Neo.
"Only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love," he sneers.
Which begs the icon you see now. And the MSN handle I'm currently using. The entire scene screamed, to me, "SHOW ME LOVE, MR. ANDERSON!"
THAT is how it should have ended, to me. Not with Neo and Smith having a punch-the-lights-out of each other contest. I wanted Neo to destroy Smith with love. The one thing a machine could not understand.
Had an audience who was very easily amused. They kept laughing. But I have to agree that Smith does have the funniest lines. Standing over Neo in the perpetually falling rain, he says, "Wait, I've seen this! You lay there... I stand here... And I'm supposed to say something!"
*cue laughter from audience*
Then he says the inevitable. "Everything that has a beginning has an end."
Very metatheatrical. The War ending. Life ending. The Matrix Trilogy ending.
And finally: MORE Neo and Smith.
Smith: "Get away from me!"
Neo: "What are you afraid of?"
Neo: "You were right, Smith. You were always right. It was inevitable."
And then Neo lets Smith assimilate him. Just as the Oracle allows Smith to assimilate him.
And what I think happened was that, at the moment, when Neo was connected to the source with the Architect's permission (because the Architect could no longer control Smith, and Neo had stated, correctly, that he was the last chance the Architect had to salvage the system), the Source came through Neo, the conduit, and through Smith. And that destroyed all the clones. And Smith himself. And the Oracle came back to her original form. (The Oracle's original actress died before this film was made, and was substituted with an older-looking actress. The explanation given is, "I made a choice, and that choice cost me more than I wanted it to." Fair enough.)
Writing this extremely haphazard review, I've concluded that I do like this movie. Quite a bit. ^_^
Have gone into ^_____^ mode.
Blame Serry Next Door.
He was talking to me and he -
He was wearing socks.
OH MY GOD,
the WAY he SMILED...
The WAY he laughed and SMILED...
RATAL, I WISH YOU COULD SEE THROUGH MY EYES!!!
It's just as bad as watching my personal tutor. Can't think. All can do is dissolve in puddle of fangirl.
Damn it, I should be taking notes!
Just let me XDDDDDD first.
No, wait, Serry Next Door has a 2,500 word essay due on Monday and he's working on it now.
I feel so unindustrious. XD Have an essay of similar length due on Monday and am happily doing Nothing. Have another due on Wednesday, too.
Damn, have gone all smiley. This is so bad.
I feel so giddy.
Serry Next Door is so good at being so EVIL to me. Was completely enthused about a car alarm finally silencing after putting up with it for about fifteen minutes in Boy Who Inadvertently Saw Slash's room. Boy Who Inadvertently Saw Slash, his friend, and I went to the window near Lucien's room, and were closing the windows when the alarm STOPPED. I was rejoicing, and Serry Next Door, who was just emerging with a toothbrush and toothpaste in hand, mocked me just like the Frenchman in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Serry Next Door is French too, so I guess it fits. Except this Serry chose his Taunting by dancing from one end of the corridor to the other.
*thinks* He reminds me EXACTLY of my siblings when they want to be evil to me.
Also, Lucien's back! Went out with my kettle and discovered him attempting to a get a bike, a haversack full of books, and his backpack into his room.