THE HOLIDAY TRADITION CONTINUES…
“Mr. Anderson…surprised to see me?”
“Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is…”
OKAY…a small change of plans. Since Big D and others are very interested in hearing my thoughts on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D (which I saw yesterday), I figured I would switch The Phantom Menace with Chronicle in my review order. So for those of you waiting for my Chronicle review, look for it at the same time tomorrow.
As far as this current review goes – well, I’m going to do things A LITTLE BIT differently. First off, I’m NOT going to get into a full review of The Phantom Menace itself – I will only be looking at how good the 3D is (since that is the main selling point of the re-releases). Secondly, because this isn’t a normal movie review, I decided to draw inspiration from an article I read earlier today on Moviefone.com. In a nutshell, I will be recounting my experience viewing Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D through a time log that I kept during the film – similar to what I did in the early days of The Wide World of Sports-Entertainment when RAW and Impact were going head-to-head.
And with that, let’s get this show on the road…
On July 2, 1996 – 15 YEARS AGO – Independence Day invaded the cinema skies. The cultural (and technological) impact that it would leave would be felt for years, eventually becoming known as one of (if not THE) greatest disaster film of all-time.
In honor of the 4th of July – as well as the film’s 15th Anniversary – I have decided to give it the RETRO-Review treatment here at SuperfriendsUniverse.com. Starring Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, and Robert Loggia, and directed by disaster film guru Roland Emmerich, it’s Independence Day.
You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.
The Director: The Wachowski Brothers
The Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Joe Pantoliano
The Release Date: 1999
The Runtime: 136 Minutes
A computer hacker learns that his reality isn’t real, it’s just a computer program designed to keep him docile while machines feed on his energy. He “wakes up” and the revolution begins…
OK, if you’ve never seen The Matrix, please hand in your Man Card. It’s been officially revoked.
Seriously, though… we have all seen this movie. If it wasn’t for the putridly terrible Phantom Menace, it would have been the biggest movie of 1999. The thing is, it’s been years since I sat down and watched it. Why? Well, we have those crappy sequels to blame for that. Those movies left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to pick up and watch the original again.
But recently, I re-watched it. And I’ll be damned if it isn’t just as good as when I first saw it in theatres 11 years ago. It definitely holds up.
Seriously, everything about this movie works. It takes the man VS machine aspect of sci-fi and improves it. Its special effects and CGI STILL hold up all these years later. In fact, I dare say most current CG doesn’t even hold a candle to The Matrix. If that wasn’t enough, the Wachowski brothers were so revolutionary in their filmmaking, that when they realized they couldn’t get some of the shots they wanted with the technology of the time: THEY FUCKING INVENTED NEW TECHNOLOGY. I don’t care what anyone says, that’s awesome.
On top of the that, you have probably the greatest fight scenes ever recorded on film. Go out of your way to re-watch this sci-fi action classic. Just pretend the story ends here and never watch those sequels again.