If you are a loyal reader of this blog, then you probably know that the only thing I like better than Matrix sunglasses is The Matrix trilogy itself – especially the first movie in the series. In my opinion, The Matrix is a classic, iconic film, much like Star Wars. But that begs the question of why? Well, I think there are 3 primary reasons why The Matrix is an all-time classic Hollywood production. Read on and let me know if you agree.
The most important factor which makes the movie such a classic is the innovative plotline. Although virtual reality scenarios were nothing new when the movie was released, The Matrix took the idea to a whole new level. The fact that The Matrix was built by machines to occupy the human mind while they used humans like batteries was a very unique concept at the time. Couple this concept with plot elements like the Oracle, the Architect, Agent Smith (along with his Agent Smith sunglasses!) and Déjà vu, and you’ve got a nice blend of components that accentuate the overarching theme and enhance its innovative nature.
Closely related to the innovative plot are the deep philosophical elements that permeate the film. The Matrix goes above and beyond other virtual reality films because it forces you to consider the concept in a larger light. For example, the question of “what is reality” is an important one in the film. Specifically, is the reality of obliviously living in The Matrix better or worse than the “real” reality shown in the movie? The answer will be different depending on whom you ask. Some other important philosophical elements of the film include the legitimacy of religion, free will versus blind faith, and of course good versus evil.
The third main element that makes the movie great is the special effects. Many of the effects – such as bullet time – were highly original and innovative for their time. Additionally, the Kung Fu choreography is fantastic, and the 360-degree camera shots really suck you into the action. Other special effects like the sentinels, the numerous airborne stunts, and the Agent Smith morphing scenes were extremely cutting edge for their time as well.
So, those are the 3 main reasons, in my opinion, why The Matrix is one of the most iconic movies ever produced. The combination of the innovative plotline, the deep philosophical ideas, and the groundbreaking special effects conspired to create a truly special and amazing movie experience. At least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. But what do you think? Please ‘take the red pill’ and drop a comment below and let the world know!