We have to wait for the first official reviews for The Matrix Resurrections. However, some tantalising social media reactions have gone live, and you can read them below.
Director Lana Wachowski resurrects both Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) for this eye-popping continuation of the sci-fi franchise. Wise old Morpheus, meanwhile, has been de-aged to resemble Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and already we have so many questions. Those who've seen the movie say that the film's meta, self-questioning, slightly oddball and surprisingly romantic nature is key to its appeal.
The Matrix Resurrections, despite (and because of) its infinite goofiness, is the boldest & most vividly personal Hollywood sequel since The Last Jedi. a silly/sincere galaxy brain take on reboot culture that makes peace with how modern blockbusters are now only about themselves.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) December 17, 2021
#TheMatrixResurrections is more fun than I remember the sequels ever being. 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. pic.twitter.com/2aWXYI7YAi— Nigel Smith (@nigelmfs) December 17, 2021
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.— Liz Shannon Miller (@lizlet) December 17, 2021
Full review to come at @consequence next Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/nXX9sSevb1
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is a grandiose palate cleanser for the era of clinical nostalgia bait and sexless tentpoles: a totally earnest sci-fi romance with some of the most exuberant set pieces this side of Fury Road, empathetic and incisive in equal measure. Astonishing stuff. pic.twitter.com/tXgNubeF8g— Dimitri Kraus (@simplykraus) December 16, 2021
The first act of #TheMatrixResurrections 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 pic.twitter.com/q4jt0KQqft— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 17, 2021
THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is a total blast. Weird, romantic, *extremely.* meta, and consistently funny. I kind of loved it. (Also, everyone in this movie is ridiculously hot.) #TheMatrixResurrections— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) December 17, 2021
#TheMatrixResurrections is too self aware of its existence. Poking fun at itself a bit too much, it's very heavy on the love story, with not a lot of showstopping action and effects, which is what the people want. Best part is Jonathan Groff but that's just life at this point. pic.twitter.com/kXd8usdV0M— Clayton Davis (@ByClaytonDavis) December 17, 2021
I’d definitely recommend watching the first three #Matrix movies if you can as the new film references them A LOT. Longtime fans w/ dig this film & the ways it twists the mythology. It also lays groundwork for not just more sequels, but also prequels. WB could go Matrix wild! pic.twitter.com/tk6zgy5hx9— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 17, 2021
The Matrix Resurrections — good stuff is unfathomably great, missteps mostly means to a lovely end. Nice movie about getting old. So swooningly romantic I sometimes couldn’t take it.— Nick Newman (@Nick_Newman) December 17, 2021
#TheMatrixResurrections 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! @TheMatrixMovie pic.twitter.com/xRawqiOcuu— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) December 17, 2021
#TheMatrixResurrections is an almost 2.5-hour exposition dump with choppy action scenes reminiscent of the Bourne movies. It reuses far too much footage from previous installments and is meta to a fault.— Jeff Nelson (@SirJeffNelson) December 17, 2021
MATRIX RESURRECTIONS is much more meta than you’re expecting, locking on to the original film like a Sonic & Knuckles cartridge so it can remix and riff to Lana W’s delight. Loved all that, loved the love story, loved gay actors throwing punches. But action is surprisingly blah!— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 17, 2021
We imagine that collection of responses has you primed to take the red pill. Click here to book your tickets for The Matrix Resurrections, opening in Cineworld cinemas on 22nd December.