Definitely, there is a before and after a movie. Yeah, Matrix- 87% It represented a milestone in the history of cinema. Not only because of the interpretative complexity that it represented, but also because of the cinematographic contributions in digital matters that it entailed. The visual language of the trilogy is taken as a benchmark and has influenced subsequent productions.
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Over the years, the franchise has added new fans. Whenever there is a possibility, they do not hesitate to present your concerns to the Wachowski sisters, the directors and creators of the concept. Although a few decades have passed, the film has aged quite well. It remains within the discourse of the new generations, as recently demonstrated when Lilly (one of the sisters) was questioned about the theories that have been formulated about the casting of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Regarding this, during an interview for them, lilly wachowski (Matrix: Revolutions – 36%, Matrix Reloaded – 73%) spoke about the hypothesis that suggests that the films are a trans allegory for the public, where, with the theme of the films, the characters come out of their “closets” as transgender women, as was the case with the director.
Yeah, with all the choices we made with that movie, there’s just bubbling transsexuality simmering underneath it all. So when I look back at the way we played those two parts, I can see how obvious it is that they are one part in many ways; which are two sides of the same coin. It’s not like these were conscious decisions, but more like we were instinctively finding our way as these two closeted trans women. So all those things your receivers are buzzing about are completely valid. When people say, ‘Oh, it’s a trans allegory,’ it’s like, ‘Yeah…it is, but we weren’t like, Hey, let’s write a trans allegory.’ That’s not how it started. We said, “Hey, let’s write this action movie,” and then we put our trans all over the place. [risas]
Clearly, the similarity that can be found between the plot lines of the franchise is compared to a trans experience. However, in the words of the Wachowski, it was not what happened in the creative development of the story. To a large extent, there can be precepts that were introduced during the writing of history, since an author’s experience with his works always goes hand in hand. In this case, the filmmakers, at that time, were in a transition of sexual identity, but it was not the starting point of all this approach.
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The Wachowskis envisioned creating an action story in the first place. The first Matrix movie was a box office success, and the two subsequent sequels were the product of this. The technological innovation they achieved captivated viewers at the end of the 20th century. See a man bow down slow motion, while being followed with seamless circular panning, was sheer madness; a sensory burst that was replicated in the narrative of the work.
Convincing in its special effects, it was also certain in its philosophical rebuttals. Matrix he personified an antagonistic world, where a hero seeks to rise up against him, transforming his reality with only one decision: choose the correct pill. Although the story, at first, did not seek to present transsexuality, there was an attempt to include a character. the character of Belinda McClorynamed Switch, was originally meant to undergo a transformation from a male to a female within the Matrix.
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The franchise reaped one last attempt to continue expanding its universe, however, the reception was not well received, both by critics and the audience. Matrix Resurrections – 65%did not count with the participation of Lilly, but with Lana Wachowski, the director and writer of this disappointing fourth installment. The film is currently in the HBO Max catalog.