Everyone has some reason for not liking the Matrix movies. Some may claim that it’s bad science fiction while others will cite poor acting and an unraveling plot. While I can’t totally disagree with those people, I feel that the films have some redeeming points. First, the action scenes and fighting were so original and so well devised that they are still copied today. Additionally the characters, lines, and scenarios still show up from time to time in internet memes and comedy punch lines.
But I feel the best thing the Matrix films has going is the fact that the movies came to an end.
Yes, I know that the conclusion in Matrix Revolutions was convoluted; however, audiences know how the story ends. And that’s not something we can say about any of the movie franchises. Can you name more than five franchises that have definitive conclusions?
And you can say Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and Twilight, but those are movie franchises based on popular novels. Their stories have been clearly outlined by the authors. When it comes to purely cinematic creations like Pirates of the Carribean, Indiana Jones or even Star Wars, there seems to be a persistence of rumors circulating that the stories may be continued.
Films now are rebooted and re-imagined so often that the film industry seems to be intentionally infecting the popular culture consciousness with Alzheimer’s. We have reached a problem with Hollywood that has affected a similar medium: comic books. Because of so many continuity issues, publishing companies have to reboot their books to start fresh. And of course comic books cannot reach a conclusion, so their stories must be dragged on to the point of banality.
I enjoy reading the ancient Greek Mythology story of Hercules. Old Herc met an ending that was sad and painful, and it came about because of his wife’s desire for him to stay at home. There’s an ending when Hercules achieves an apotheosis and has his divine part welcomed to Olympus while his mortal half descends to Hades.
There’s a satisfaction to knowing how a story ends. I am glad that The Matrix franchise shows no signs of life. Knowing the fate of Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus makes me content. That sort of closure makes a story more enjoyable.
Sometimes, I don’t want to know how the story may continue. I just want to know how it ends.
Keep rising from the graves of ignorance, my Zombies…