a reply to: Profusion
The first Matrix film.
An absolutely mind bending work, which did a perfect job of combining great action cinematography, with CG effects to produce a piece of art which
both inspired awe at the spectacle represented on screen, as well as prompting movie goers to think differently about the world around them, the
systems which exist in it, not to mention their place within the machine that is modern society.
Although the second and third films are, in my opinion, lesser creations because of their over use of CG effects, the fact that these effects were
not as seamlessly blended with actual on camera action (the multiple Agent Smith fight being a prime example of going over the top in a way that
prevents the suspension of disbelief) and so on, I am of the opinion that in terms of how well the first film realised the vision of the creators
behind it, not to mention the impact on audiences and the stark beauty of the work, The Matrix is a perfect movie.
Of course, there are many other films that could also be considered perfect in many ways, The Silence of The Lambs, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas,
Erin Brockovitch, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Book of Eli, virtually anything by Alfred Hitchcock... The reason I picked The Matrix out of all the
myriad potential contenders, is that it hit me like a freight carrier, leaving an impression upon me which is no shallower today, than it was when I
first saw it on limited edition VHS.
Its also worth noting that there is probably no such thing as a perfect movie, because there will always be someone for whom a movie does not quite
tick all the boxes. For example, I recongise that for some, The Matrix movie, for all that it is an action movie, is too quick, or in places too deep
for some people. Not so for me. I also love 2001: A Space Odyssey, but recognise that for those not familiar with Arthur C. Clarke, the movie can
sometimes drag, and some audiences would argue that its pacing lacks vim therefore. For me, and for totally different reasons than I would justify my
love of The Matrix, I find its pacing to be perfect, because the kind of story being told is very different, and the work upon which Kubricks amazing
masterpiece was based, is a science fiction feast of epic proportions, whose every morsel must be chewed slowly in order to get the best out of it.