The Matrix Resurrections gets a mixed response

The Matrix Resurrections gets mixed first reactions: Critics say it’s ‘not perfect’ but praise ‘astonishing’ set pieces and chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss

The first reactions from critics over The Matrix Resurrections are in. 

While the response has been mixed with some saying it’s far from a ‘perfect’ movie, it has been met with unanimous praise over the ‘astonishing’ set pieces and ‘burning’ chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss.

The fourth installment in the sci-fi franchise revives Reeves as Neo in the first Matrix film since 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. 

‘The Matrix Revolutions is too self aware of its existence,’ Variety’s Clayton Davis wrote. 

He’s back! Keanu Reeves reprises his role as Neo in The Matrix Resurrections… which has received a mixed-to-positive response from critics 

He explained: ‘Poking fun at itself a bit too much, it’s very heavy on the love story, with not a lot of show stopping action and effects, which is what the people want.’

Critic Jeff Nelson called it ‘an almost 2.5-hour exposition dump’ with ‘choppy action scenes reminiscent of the Bourne movies,’ adding: ‘It reuses far too much footage from previous installments and is meta to a fault.’

‘I am deeply happy for those who will enjoy #TheMatrixResurrections. I am, regrettably, not among them,’ Mashable’s Alison Foreman said. 

Get excited: While the response has been mixed with some saying it’s far from a ‘perfect’ movie, it has been met with unanimous praise over the ‘astonishing’ set pieces

She continued: ‘It’s leagues better than Reloaded and Revolutions – which let’s be clear are really not good – but has bad stakes. Nothing matters, and not in a cool nihilistic way.’

However, on the more positive spectrum, PEOPLE’s Nigel Smith hailed the film as ‘more fun than I remember the sequels ever being’ reasoning: ‘Yes it’s bogged down in exposition like the previous two, but there’s a knowing wink to it all now. Newcomers Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff are key to that. Oh and the climax ROCKS.’

Film critic Liz Shannon Miller tweeted: ‘It’s not perfect. There are some moments that might be complete and utter nonsense. But while THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS broke my heart, #TheMatrixResurrections… did the other thing. And I’m just so happy about that.’  

A love story: Critics have revealed that the plot focuses on the romance between Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss’ characters in the franchise 

Still got it: Keanu’s performance also received high praise from critics 

The Hollywood Reporter’s Brian Davids called it  ‘one of the most thought-provoking blockbusters ever made since it grapples with real-world legacy. It has all the elements you want in a Matrix film, but its central love story is where it shines.’

Variety’s Courtney Howard gushed: ‘[The film] is a terrific, awe-inducing, meta mind-bender completely in line with the franchise’s legacy. Finds an innovative, high-concept way to frame the new story. Keanu Reeves & Carrie-Anne Moss’ chemistry burns. Jessica Henwick is a revelation!’

Erik Davis said: ‘The first act of [The Matrix Resurrections] is STELLAR. Smart, funny, weird, self-referential & unexpected. Add to it wildly inventive action sequences, lofty storytelling decisions & a TON of big ideas that will fuel lots of questions. Trust me, multiple viewings will be required.’ 

Meta: The film is said to include more than a few knowing winks to itself that will delight dedicated fans 

Newcomer: Priyanka Chopra Jonas plays Sati in the movie 

Germain Lussier also enthused: ‘It brilliantly reinvents the franchise while increasing the importance of the first 3 films all while being touching, exciting and gorgeous. It’s very trippy and complex, but I loved it. Can’t wait to see it again and again.’

Film critic Katie Walsh wrote: ‘The Matrix Resurrections felt like Lana having a fast, loose, fun time remixing the existing material, and even though it’s about the love story of Neo/Trinity, it’s an unabashedly queer blockbuster.’

Co-written and directed by Lana Wachowski, the movie also brings back Carrie-Ann Moss, Lambert Wilson, and Jada Pinkett Smith from the original franchise. 

Taking place twenty years after the events of The Matrix Revolutions, Keanu’s Neo is now living a seemingly ordinary life under his original identity as Thomas A. Anderson in San Francisco.

He is now seeing a therapist who prescribes him blue pills to counteract the strange and unnatural things he occasionally glimpses. 

The Matrix Resurrections plays  in theaters in the UK and the US on Dec. 22, and will also be streaming on HBO Max.

The reviews are in! The Matrix Resurrections gets mixed first reactions from critics that say it’s ‘not perfect’ but praise ‘astonishing’ set pieces in the rebooted franchise 

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