Review: The Matrix (1999)

“Show, Don’t Tell” – unless Telling works this well.

Perhaps the two Matrix sequels suffered not because of their exposition, but because they used so many more words to say so much less. The magic trick in The Matrix, as Lessons from the Screenplay examines, is that explanation and action interact and enhance, rather than interrupt, one another:

In the years since The Matrix films were released, their director siblings transitioned from Larry and Andy Wachowski to Lana and Lilly Wachowski. This has informed many re-readings of the text and subtext of the films, particularly the original – including this stunning video essay from Now You See It: