Anyway, Di and I went out and finally saw "The Matrix: Reloaded". I had mixed emotions to it. On the positive side, it was gorgeous (of course), and I'm very interested to see where the story goes.
On the negative side, well, I had three problems with it:
~ 1 - You know how when you see a movie trailer on TV, and they are just rapidly showing you bits and pieces of scenes, enough to get a sense of the overall story, but you know there's stuff left out? Several scenes felt that way to me, just rapid clips that left out a lot of things happening. Having played the game (whose story is intertwined with the movie), I understood some of these, but not others.
~ 2 - Secondly, we had a lot of new characters show up, say their piece, and disappear again...and NO STORY for them at all. I wanted to know more about the Key Maker (who is he, where did he come from), I wanted to know more about the Twins (who, hell, WHAT are they...they were totally wasted in this movie), I wanted to know more about the Merovingian and Persephone (who are they?), I wanted to know more about the Architect (that's probably in the next flick)...I also wanted to know more about what happened to Agent Smith...it was just sorta assumed.
~ 3 - Lastly, you could tell that the filmmakers knew that they have a phenomenon on their hands, and thus, went out of their way. While these scenes that they went the extra mile on were very pretty, they were also too damn long. Neo's fight against the Smith Mob, for example. After a couple minutes, it was the same thing, over and over and over again...why didn't he fly away? He should be smart enough to know that, 'the One' or not, he can't handle that many of them...and they just kept coming, and he kept fighting. Frankly, I was bored, especially since, other than a couple key moves, it wasn't that interesting. Neo's super-sonic flight to catch Trinity...again, dragged out, and over done. And I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing Neo's butt...a love scene with him and Trinity, why couldn't we have seen HER butt? ;) Truth, though, the scene was too drawn out.
Overall I enjoyed it, and I can't wait for the last one...but I hope they remember that they should be STORYTELLERS first.
Afterwards, we trekked out into the middle of Nowhere (I'm not kidding...for a while, I thought i should have brought a tent and a compass!) to hit the night club in Forest Grove, where jahnji had his gig. We stayed for a while, hour and a half or so, and would have styed longwer but it'a a 45 minute drive at least to get home. Still, it's always good to see him, and the music was good (of course!), though I did shoot two of the worst games of pool I've ever shot in my life...yeesh, man, i couldn't pot a ball to save my life!