Spoiler alert: The following article contains spoilers for The Matrix Resurrections.
The latest hit release of 2021, The Matrix Resurrections critics and public divided. Although the action was surprisingly underwhelming and overly digitized – a far cry from the helming action sequences of the original sci-fi classic The matrix — it’s easy to admire writer/director Lana Wachowski’s smart, deconstructionist, and satirical script that’s a breath of fresh air from the more routine reboots and requels of recent times.
Like the heroes of the Matrix movies, the heroes of Harry Potter and the wizarding world comes from humble and disjointed beginnings, coming together to fight a powerful and mysterious enemy. the Matrix the films are of course best known for their groundbreaking action and visual effects, but the characters have always been indelible too, thanks to solid writing and performances. Neo and the human resistance, much like Harry and his colleagues at Hogwarts, show courage and selflessness in defeating an evil whose influence runs deep. Where would the Sorting Hat lead the heroes and villains of The matrix if they accepted an invitation to Hogwarts?
Thomas Anderson/Neo — Gryffindor
Like the Boy Who Lived, Thomas Anderson is an unlikely hero, and his journey comes full circle in the original trilogy: Neo begins as one of the wired sheep before Morpheus gives him the opportunity to take the red pill and free his mind. After seeing how deep the rabbit hole really goes, Neo achieves hero status and the religious comparisons apply. In the original trilogy, Neo sacrifices himself for the greater good – a noble act that would be very much in character for a Gryffindor. Keanu Reeves certainly exudes the humility, strength and curiosity of a Gryffindor, in one of his best roles.
by Wachowski Resurrections the script imagines a ride that gives Neo a second chance at freedom and a love life. He woos Trinity (“Tiffany” here) with the honor, grace and chivalry of a Gryffindor. For die-hard fans of the original trilogy, characters and cast, this noble and triumphant courtship, which ends with Neo and his friends freeing Trinity from The matrix, felt more like wish granting than fan service, which is a good thing.
Trinity – Hufflepuff
The matrixThe leather sports enigma remains one of the coolest action heroines of all time, thanks to a great Carrie-Anne Moss performance: cold calm on the surface, heart and warmth below. Along with her flying kicks and mastery of weapons, Trinity exudes the intelligence and courage of a Hufflepuff. She’s vulnerable enough to fall in love with the Chosen One, and also tough enough to put him in his place whenever he tries to protect her from the threat of the machines.
Trinity radiates loyalty to Hufflepuff and she goes to great lengths, sometimes perilously, to defend her friends. What a pleasure it was to have Moss back in Resurrections, with Wachowski’s script giving the actor the opportunity to play “Tiffany”, as Trinity rediscovers herself.
Morpheus – Ravenclaw
Wise and idealistic, Morpheus is a father figure to Neo and Trinity; they both credit him with freeing them from the machine’s artificial reality, giving them a fighting chance. Always perched on unlimited knowledge, perhaps wrongly logical, but always well intentioned, Morpheus is a man of conviction. As Neo is willing to die for what he feels is right in his heart, Morpheus often puts himself in the line of fire to defend what he believes in, in his mind. A Ravenclaw relies on intellect and intelligence. A part of what has always made the Matrix movies so enticing from the leap is the philosophy, the questions of fate versus choice that the series raises but never wisely answers. An essential part of this is Morpheus, who lays the groundwork and planning for human resistance like any good Ravenclaw would.
Laurence Fishburne’s brilliant, stentorian performance guided Neo and the audience through the first half of the show. The matrix so it was never less than exciting. He failed to Resurrections, although candy manYahya Abdul Mateen II’s Yahya Abdul Mateen II steps into the role with a playful reimagining that matches the new film’s lighter touch.
Agent Smith – Slytherin
The matrixThe theatrical Villian of takes off with a sneering performance that made Hugo Weaving an international star. The manipulative and scheming program is obviously a Slytherin; his ambition seeming endless as he reproduces himself to seemingly endless lengths. Agent Smith and Voldemort certainly have a lot in common, from their temptation and manipulation of the weak-minded to their sickly obsession with each series’ respective Chosen One.
Landscape chewer Jonathan Groff is one of the highlights of Resurrections, as the new Smith of this generation. Hugo Weaving almost returned to The matrix candor, but Groff’s performance stands on its own. His new program is a little more camp, like the film itself. The light touch, sometimes satirical, is a strength of Resurrections. It stands out from other legacy suites that seem to just copy and paste.
The Oracle – Ravenclaw
Although she approaches everything from a more neutral stance, the Oracle, like Morpheus, has mountains of knowledge that would qualify her for Ravenclaw. Unlike Morpheus, she is the messenger, not the leader. She’s always one step ahead of her subjects and isn’t above playing mind games – not grim or sick – more like exercises that boost our heroes’ intellect.
The Oracle means well in her aid and advice to Neo and his friends, but she never coddles or oversteps the bounds of her position of informed authority. She sees the big picture, like any good Ravenclaw One of the original series’ biggest losses was the death of Gloria Foster, who played the program with just the right amount of humanity.
The Analyst – Slytherin
Possibly the best performance overall well done Resurrections is the delicious version of Neil Patrick Harris Reloaded, a more engaging and definitely funnier villain, complete with purple glasses and a cat. The Analyst reflects an evolving artificial intelligence powerhouse with the entitlement and ambition of a Slytherin; he’s the most fascinating new character.
There’s no denying Resurrections is underwhelming in the action department, but at least some of what it lacks in kinetic energy it makes up for with Wachowski’s edgy script and acerbic meta-dialogue that’s fearless in its willingness to dissect everything from movies to technology to how people live their lives. Harris’ performance does much of the heavy lifting here, as the analyst serves himself and plots like a true Slytherin at heart while expressing a lot of Resurrections‘ the boldest ideas to the heroes and the public.
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