Ep 44: Being the Ricardos – Show Transcript

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

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Welcome back everyone. This episode REEL Film Reviewed the new biography film being the Ricardo’s focusing on Lucille ball and Desi Arnaz. Let’s get into the spoiler free. This film takes place during a production week of, I love Lucy in which they face a crisis that nearly ends their careers and another, which could end their marriage set during a time when many in Hollywood were being blacklisted for being labeled communists, the biography explored many different aspects of this story, which I will highlight now, but dive deeper into after the spoiler.

The atmosphere of the film appears to be told as an E! True Hollywood style, except the actors played, the people being interviewed as well. Jess Oppenheimer, Madeline Pugh, and Bob Carroll were portrayed twice in the film by different actors. It would give us some of the story as told like a normal onscreen telling and then would give us a behind the scenes interview footage, which was also scripted and based on what they may have believed since most of the people who made I love Lucy were involved in this story are now dead.

This was an interesting way for them to tell this. And we know that they started in, I love Lucy together for many years and were married before the show. This feature shows how they met, how they work together on and off screen. And of course the troubles they had as a famous, married couple who eventually did divorce though.

We don’t see the divorce in this film. We learn of the activities that led up to that. Lucy and Desi we’re a dynamic couple, both were very much in control with very strong and loud opinions. Basically two alphas married to each other. They still managed to have their mania between them, but would emerge in front of others to be a strong and united front.

They made commanding decisions together and played off of each other very well. I quite enjoyed the personalities that Nicole and Javier brought to these famous characters and even more famous. We get an inside. Look at how Desi and Lucy met as told by those recounting the story, as well as a re-imagining on screen.

We also learn the history and backstory of how the I love Lucy show actually came to be fellow podcasters, particularly fiction podcasters, will love this little tidbit. Make sure you come back to listen to the post viewing discussion and hear the little known facts because the film does skew some of the facts.

Reviewing the cast, Nicole Kidman. This seemed like a big test who will play the infamous Lucy. You may also think, um, maybe not Nicole. If you thought this you were wrong, at least I felt so. I did not think that Nicole was a bad choice though I thought her in interesting choice because I know how wonderfully versatile Kidman can be. And I have to say out of everyone in the film, she was the closest to the character and person that she was playing.

She played Lucy so well on and off screen, I found myself doing double takes to try and catch fragments of the actual Lucille ball being added into the shots. But it was just that Nicole pulled her off that, well, I didn’t hear any accent slips, like I sometimes do with Nicole Kidman and they were.

Multiple times during the film that I found myself genuinely impressed by her and by Lucy and being very impressed by Lucy in this film was largely due to how well Nicole Kidman played her. So I think her performance was the best of the film.

I love Javier Bardem. He’s one of my favorite actors, but my objection to him playing this role was exactly the reason he was terrible for it. Javier Bardem is well-known for his acting and his thick Spanish accent. The. Desi Arnaz AKA Ricky. Ricardo was one of the most famous Cubans of all time. His accent and love for Cuban music made him the famous band leader. We all know and love Spanish and Cuban accents are so completely different that I was offended for Javier. It was almost as if the producers said to get any Latin actor with a thick accent to play Desi, and it was appalling. And I was saddened to see one of my favorite and great actors sinking on screen. Simply because his accent was completely wrong for Desi. When he tried to mock the Cuban accent, it was on certain words and it just was horribly executed. Javier didn’t really give off the vibe of Ricky or Desi physically. I think his hair was a little longer and less jelled than Ricky’s. Physically, they look nothing alike, not even with makeup or additives, they don’t look alike at all. I don’t know enough about Desi Arnaz off screen. So the persona that Javier portrayed may have been accurate to the man behind the famous band leader and on off screen husband, Javier delivered the best performance I felt he could in this role. I just feel that he wasn’t suited for. It’s what happens when one of the most well-known Spaniards plays one of the most well-known Cubans.

Nina, Ariana, not a dead on ringer for a Vivian Vance who played at Lucy’s beloved neighbor and friend Ethel Mertz on screen. But she was excellent as both Vivian and Ethel. She appeared to be younger than Vivian was, but that may have been part of the misconception of Vivian. There is a scene in the film between Lucy and Vivian that suggests Vivian had resentment for playing Ethel, married to Fred, who was considerably older than her possibly having an issue playing second fiddle to Lucy, even though they were friends, I found her to be hilarious. And the scenes between her and JK Simmons as he played William folly were some of my favorites of the. One of the opening scenes was a table read between the actors and the two of them just played so well off of each other. It was a wonderful scene.

JK Simmons and Aaliyah shortcut JK Simmons is always enjoyable for me to watch in William Fawley we got to see so much of JKS greatness and versatility with how he connected William to. The way he played both roles and how they interacted with Vivian Vance were hilarious. They had together delivered a very convincing portrayal of what may have been going on offset of the, I love Lucy show.

Alia Shawkat I haven’t seen much, but she was an absolute delight in this film. And I will continue watching projects that she’s in. She played Madeline Pugh in this film with one of the writers on the, I love Lucy show and also the only woman comedy writer in. She nailed a comedy writer. And I don’t know much about Madeline Pugh, but feel as though I could know a little more about her with Alia’s performance. Look for her quips at fellow writer, Bob Caroll in the film.

The REEL-View is seven out of 10 stars. Part of the beauty of the roles in this film is they’re playing both the iconic characters loved on TV for years by generations, along with the actors themselves, carrying on life offset during one of the most stressful times in Hollywood hits.

Being the Ricardo’s was released in 2021. It was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin and Oscar winning screenwriter. This is only the third film directed by a Sorkin. It stars Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, JK Simmons, Nina Ariana, Tony Hale, and Aliyah Shocket. It is rated R and has a run time of two hours and 11 minutes that can be viewed on prime video.

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Welcome back, everyone. Let’s dive into the REEL-View -hollywood comparison. The REEL-View is seven out of 10 stars. Critics said 60. Popular opinion was 6.6 out of 10. Rotten tomatoes gave it a 69%. Recapping the plot. This film is set in the early fifties when communism was becoming a witch hunt in the United States, Lucy and Desi are in the middle of their iconic fame, about 50 episodes into I Love Lucy, Desi as a band leader at the same time at a club, and Lucy balances producing, acting, mothering, and dealing with the rumors of Desi’s infidelity.

Desi denies this for the majority of the film until the end, when he admits to it being and meaning nothing just before they film an episode in front of a live audience. We also learned that in an effort to please her grandfather and make him proud, she identified as a communist on a voter registration card years before this time.

If the news broke the show and their careers would be over. In addition to all of this, Lucy is pregnant with who we all remember on screen as little Ricky, the couples, second child, but the first to be shown on screen, Lucille Ball was the first woman to appear pregnant on one of the three major TV networks.

This was an interesting add to the film as well as this was a defining week for the show and everyone involved breaking down the real. So kind of highlighting the ending of the film. It kind of all leads up to this. There was a lot of resolution, there was Lucy wanting to get everything right for the episode.

There was the artistic side. Then there was the address of her being a communist, which she wasn’t. There was that publicity that they had to deal with. The third thing, obviously being pregnant aside, she was pregnant with having a possibly cheating husband, which she also confirms and learns at the end of the film just before they filmed the episode.

There was a lot of resolution given in the last scene with Desi being on a phone call with J Edgar Hoover, the director of the FBI at the time. Who stated publicly that she was cleared of all charges. She had been investigated and cleared of everything. So it pretty much just address the elephant in the room, right from the beginning and from the highest level of investigation, which is the director of the FBI.

Pretty impressive. In addition to the episode was one of the best episodes in its history. And it ended up being perfect. According to what Lucy was wanting throughout the whole film. The only thing that was sad was she did confirm her suspicions with Desi cheating, but obviously that’s not a good thing.

And we know that they did end up filing a for divorce after the taping of the last episode, which is in 1960. So little bit after this was set, breaking down the real. I enjoyed watching the film, as it told a lot of stories of what I have known little about, which is the behind the scenes of, I Love Lucy and their histories.

It was way before my time and a show that was on the air when my parents were born and growing up. So it was certainly. A TV land Nick at Nite type of television series watch for me, there were some facts that I looked up, but there was much that was shown on screen that isn’t really able to be verified as such as possible disagreements or how certain individuals felt that’s because almost everyone involved in the, I Love Lucy show is not around anymore.

Aside from that, I did enjoy the film. And if the majority of it was true, it certainly gives you a backstory or great backstories of everybody that was involved, that they showed and maybe a little new admiration of the people behind the show. I knew Lucille Ball was very headstrong and produced, but there were many milestones and opportunities she created for herself and for others.

And I was very impressed with that. Watching this film made me want to watch other films with Lucy in them, such as The Big Street that is mentioned in this film where Lucy plays more of a serious role than her usual slapstick comedy roles. And she did radio. That was my favorite fun fact that I learned in the film is that she was approached to be on TV because her fictional radio show, my favorite husband was so popular.

All right. Let’s move into some little known facts. And I’m also going to do a little add. I’m going to add some goofs in there because for this film, there were some trivia facts, but there were some things that were kind of misrepresented. So we call them goofs. We’ll discuss a few of those that will kind of clarify some pieces for us.

So let’s get into the facts while working for MGM. Lucy became a redhead. She wasn’t born a red head. Wasn’t always, but when she started working for MGM that’s when she became a red head.

Director, Donald Glass is a fictitious character, but he may have been based on the director, Mark Daniels, who directed the episode that they’re filming in this film, Fred and Ethel.

In January, 2021, it was reported that Kate Blanchett dropped out and was replaced by Nicole Kidman. Both our Australian actresses and blanche had, had previously worked with Kidman on eyes wide shut.

Not necessarily trivia, but just a little known fact, Lucy Arnaz posted a little YouTube video in which she kind of gave a little review of her own of this film. She described it to be an amazing film and stated that Nicole Kidman really became her mother and portrayed her very well. She did state that Javier didn’t look like her dad, but he did capture who Desi was and everything that, as she stated, dad had that kind of may help anybody who’s on the fence that was a Lucy and Desi fan they’re interested in seeing this. If you can get past the Javier Bardem choice, he does, as I mentioned, do as well as he can in this role. So according to Lucy Arnaz, he did very well at playing her father aside from the physical likeness.

All right. Let’s get into the goofs. The film portrays Lucy being dropped by RKO after her performance in The Big Street. But in actuality, her contract was bought out by MGM because they were so impressed by her performance. The film also mentioned that Lucy was 39 in The Big Street, but she was 31 when it released in 1942.

And Lucy did not seek out radio until 1948. And that’s where we learned that she was doing My Favorite Husband when they approached her for doing the television series and they wanted to take My Favorite Husband from radio and put it on television. But Lucy had a different idea in mind when she sat down with the producers and the writers, she basically stated, this is how she wanted to do the show and she wanted her husband to star in it. And they kind of went with it. Another example of when you roll the dice, things can really pay dividends. All in all an enjoyable film.

I liked it. And I’m not one of those that I’ve seen the show, but I didn’t watch it religiously. My sister has, she was kind of on the fence about that as well. She wanted it to be good, but wasn’t sure if it would be, I was really impressed with it. Just from what I know about the likenesses of Lucy. How they did it on screen. I was impressed with it. I thought it was decent.

So let me know what you guys’ thought as always. I post the polls when I release the episodes. Let me know how you felt about it. If you’re a, I love Lucy fan or a Lucy and Desi fan, let me know what you thought. That’s all I have for you, everyone.

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Ep 44: Being the Ricardos (R.2021)

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A short, spoiler free review on Being the Ricardos, followed by a post viewing discussion. Written and directed by Aron Sorkin, starring Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda, Tony Hale, and Alia Shawkat.

This film takes place during a production week of I Love Lucy in which they face a crisis that nearly ends their careers and another which could end their marriage.

Rated: R

REEL-View Rating: ⭐️ 7/10

Length of film: 2hr 11m

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The Unforgivable – Ep 43: Show Transcript

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Welcome back everyone. This episode, REEL Film Reviewed The Unforgivable, the new Sandra Bullock flick that released on Netflix last month, let’s get into the spoiler free review. A woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for a violent crime returns to a community that refuses to forgive her past.

This is Sandra like we’ve never seen her. I know there are a lot of films that we can say that about because while she is always that lovable person, her versatility on screen is flawless. It is difficult not to love Sandra Bullock, no matter what role she plays. This is the first film that pushed that envelope of her being a truly bad.

Maybe she had a reason for committing the crime, but she certainly isn’t giving. This film highlights the reality, many prisoners feel when they’re released from prison, they often have to return to the place and community. They committed their crimes, making it much more difficult to return to any kind of a normal life.

Especially when living in a small town like this, the story itself was deep, emotional, and captivating at some points, but the best part is. It is not delivered all at once, but more delivered in crumbs, leaving us yearning to know more about the day that is referenced so much throughout the film, the day that she went to.

Sandra Bullock plays main character, Ruth Slater. You have not seen her like this. Nor has there been the feeling drawn out of us like it is toward what we have for the character in this role. She has a glimpse of the Sandy that we know and love yet. She has been hardened by. First a painful young life.

And then the 20 years of prison life, Viola Davis, another minor role that Viola turns into an impactful character. She plays the new owner of the house of the scene of the crime, which sent Ruth to prison. Richard Thomas and Linda. They play the adoptive parents of Katherine or Katie Ruth’s little sister.

They both play their perspective roles. Very well, Richard, as the intense protector of his daughter and the impact that roots choices had on her while Linda displayed the emotional understanding and not wanting to stand in the way of Catherine’s rights to the truth. The REEL-view is. 7 out of 10 stars.

This film’s production design is as much a character as the people who played the roles, the cinematography was very well done. Watching the film, you felt cold, you felt her exhaustion, the pain of the physical scene. You felt a despair, even for this apparent cold blooded killer with the cold and the likely smelly fish factory where she worked and the stark coldness of the environment around them, the whole film is a bland color palette, giving the look of emptiness desperation and giving us a longing much like that of Ruth.

This film also delivered in enthralling story in a simplistic way. I don’t want to give away too much, but I will say the intended and expected emotions are truly felt in this film. If you’re a crier grab tissue for this one, The Unforgivable was released in 2021. It was directed by Nora Fingscheidt, starring Sandra Bullock, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

It is rated R and has a runtime of one hour and 52 minutes. It can be viewed on Netflix. All right here is these spoiler alert, warning, those new to REEL Film Reviewed, after this point, I will discuss this review further potentially and likely revealing spoilers. Thank you for listening to the spoiler free review. I’ll be back after a word about my sponsors.

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Welcome back, everyone. Let’s dive into the REEL-View – hollywood comparison. The REEL-View was seven out of 10. Critics said 41 popular opinions, 7.2 out of. And rotten tomatoes gave it 37%. That is unfair. Well, as we know, the film begins with Ruth getting out of prison immediately showing us that she has no family and no one who cares about her as there’s no one there to greet her or pick her up after she’s released.

She checks in with her PO and at a halfway house, she had sends to get a job as a carpenter, but she quickly learns that her convict status, as well as the specific crime that she committed will prevent her from getting reasonable work. She accepts work from her PO in a fish factory. Well, it was a connect from the PO as we know, but anyway, she’s working at a fish factory, which looked.

Pretty much like the worst job that anyone could have. She meets Blake who is played by John , who kind of gives her hope about the kindness in people. She gets another job this time on her own as a carpenter, she kind of stumbles into that and it’s semi under the. Her PO seems discouraging for pretty much.

The entire film is showing her merely a glimmer of kindness. Once in the film, after a disastrous meeting with Katherine’s adoptive parents, a and a fight with Blake after she admitted her convict status to him, Ruth breaks down and loses. She appears to break, but she does pull herself together. Luckily Catherine’s adoptive sister, Emily finds the letters that Ruth wrote to Katie in prison and then contacts Ruth.

She tells her where she can see Katherine or Katie playing piano and Ruth scrambles to contact her former attorney who just happens to be. The owner of the house that she lived in with her kids, sister, that she wanted to see if she could go to the piano, playing without any kind of legal repercussions in her pursuit of finding him, she runs into his wife, whose name is Liz played by Viola Davis.

And the wife has already untrusting of Ruth and throws her out of, off of the property. But Ruth refuses and finally breaks down and admits the truth. Katie was the one who shot the share. Ironic. We suddenly feel this wave of relief wash over us. As we now know she is the good person and. Only innocent of the crime, but she took the blame for her five-year-old sister.

Liz drives Ruth to the location of the piano recital. When she learns that the sons of the sheriff who was killed have kidnapped Catherine Liz drives Ruth to the meeting point after which we see the plot unfold. And we learned that they haven’t kidnapped Catherine. They’ve kidnapped Emily by accident.

There’s a little bit of a standoff to, after everything is all over. Then we see Catherine there with the Malcolm’s comforting Emily with the paramedics. And finally she sees Ruth and the two of them embrace and the film ends. It was a pretty emotional story. I kind of did a quick little rundown is most of the time when you’ve listened to this part of the review, you’ve heard.

Seen the movie. So I try not to be too heavy on the recap, but breaking down the real view, this was certainly more of an audience favorite than a critic one, as we can tell by the ratings. And I think that had, that had a lot to do with how they made us feel about Ruth’s later, before the truth finally came out in the end, I feel like I knew the truth.

I became increasingly more suspicious. The more flashbacks that we got each time there was a flashback, it was either another scene or a further elaboration on a scene. And I knew for sure when she had PTSD nightmares about the gun shot, but not of the actual scene of the shooting, most people will remember.

Shooting someone and remember the, what the person looked like and stuff like that. She just had PTSD of the shot. So that made me think she just heard the shot. And that’s what triggered her fear because she knew the gunshot plus hearing the sheriff screamer name and all of that too. I think us being made to dislike Ruth right from the beginning was hard to do.

We’re open to have a sympathy or a dislike for her from the beginning, which is largely because it was Sandra Bullock, but we know that she was convicted of the crime. We know what the crime was, and she seems to admit it fairly openly, but not without a hidden pain behind it. Sandra played her so well that it was the carefree way that she accepted responsibility so easily combined with how devoted she was to her sister.

Something just wasn’t adding. And then suddenly that’s when I figured it out. Cause it wasn’t necessarily that she was super emotional when she would admit it, she would just be like, yep, I did it. Yep. I did it. I felt fine. I did it. And there was just something wrong with how easy she was accepting it.

Unless the sheriff did something really bad or. The sister did it because we also get a little bit of information before that, about the phone call that the sheriff was having with Sandra while she was preventing them from coming in the house, he was saying, look, I’ll clear out the bedroom. You can sleep there.

And the boys will take couches or whatever it was that they were planning. He sounded like a good guy and they highlighted that for a reason. So then I was kind of like, I bet the sister did it. Wasn’t too surprising when that. The ending was something that many liked, but did not like I have seen some mixed reviews on that.

I liked it because it did confirm that Katherine remembered her sister and that she bared no ill will toward her, whether or not she remembered if she killed the sheriff was not learned nor wasn’t relevant. Her life was already impacted. Ruth had already served the time for the crime. And I don’t think there could have been any alternate ending in which we see Catherine.

Taking responsibility or getting any punishment for her child crime. She did it when she was five years old, it had been 20 years. So she’s now 25, possibly almost 26. At this point, somebody has already spent 20 years in prison for it, regardless if it was actually the person who did it or not, somebody is still paid for it.

So I don’t think it was necessarily relevant for them to have elaborated more on that. And I think that may have been the reason why. Didn’t necessarily care for it. But as a cinematic choice, I agreed with it. I probably would’ve gone the same way. Right. Let’s get into some, did you know facts? This film was originally announced in 2010 and producer Graham king wanted Angelina Jolie to play Ruth Slater initially and hired Christopher McQuarrie to write a script tailored specifically for her.

She never signed on and over the next few years, it went through various writers and directors before finally going into development in 2009. The film was based on a British mini series unforgiven, which was released in 2009. And this kind of plays on a little bit, what we were talking about a moment ago in Washington state children under the age of eight can not be criminally prosecuted.

So since Katie was five years old at the time of the shooting, Ruth did not have to take the blame for her though. I do understand that even though she may not have gone to prison for it, her life would have been impacted forever, regardless of the legalities of it. I do understand Ruth’s decision, but just on a technicality standpoint, legality wise, she probably would have been all right.

Either way. More about, I think, preventing her from finding out and prevent it. Like just kind of protecting her. She didn’t know if she remembered it or not, because obviously she’d spent 20 years in prison. There was a no contact order. So there wasn’t really a way for her to confirm how she was doing.

And Sandra. So focused on that, that her life, even though it was as a convict, she kind of knew her life was over the day that she turned herself in everything that she does, the work that she does, everything, she, she doesn’t spend her money on anything. That’s why she has the money that she has in order to do things because that’s all she cares about is getting back to her sister and finding out basically for lack of a better way of putting it, that it was worth it, that she was able to make something of her life and.

What her plan was worked and the fact that she didn’t know anything about her was kind of a little bit of a different thing. And I did want to spend a little bit more time talking about the meat of the story. I know normally after little known facts, I normally will head out, but I did want to elaborate a little bit more cause there was a simplicity to the story, but there was a lot of emotional components to it.

So we’ve kind of mauled over Ruth Slater and how her role and how. Life was changed and the decision that she made, I wanted to highlight the adoptive parents because the father made some really great points. He was very reluctant to even listen to Ruth’s bidding at all. She didn’t request a meeting to meet with Katie.

She wanted to meet with the parents just to see how her sister was doing. And he pretty much was not understanding what the benefit was for her to even know that she existed. And for her to leave him alone, there was some. Plot hole there because in the letter I paused it and I read it. But in the petition, she requested meeting with the parents just to find out how Katie was.

And then when they actually met, he objected to not understanding what Katie was going to gain by bringing her back into her life. But one thing I did understand his point because he was the only one that mentioned what is Katie getting out of? What would be the benefit on her side, which I understand everybody has a right to see and meet their family, but I think it should have still been her choice.

So that’s where people were disagreeing with him is that he didn’t even want to give her the choice to mess up her life. But at least that’s what he felt in, in his opinion that it would mess up her life. But then the other part was I kind of backed up and I’m like, well, why are they even talking about this?

Ruth was just trying to talk about how she was doing and finding out if she was happy and all that. So there was a couple of things. I think that’s pretty much it, as far as components that I wanted to talk about, there was that little thing between Blake and Ruth. I don’t think there was too much growth there intended in the story, but the fact that Blake was an ex-con and so was.

I understood. He kind of froze up because ex cons aren’t supposed to associate with other ex-con. So it made sense. However, I’ve kind of figured that the fish factory was mostly made up of ex-con. So I didn’t understand. I mean, they were co-workers so they could have gotten away with that kind of thing.

Possibly. I don’t know what the rules are as far as that goes to the legalities are, but that was something that I thought about. I was kind of surprised that he. Surprised and that he reacted that way. Anyway. That is all I have for you today on the unforgivable. Let me know what you thought of the film.

So I know there’s, like I said, there’s been a lot of mixed reviews on it. I’m always curious to hear your opinions about it. Find me on Twitter, leave me a comment. I always do do a little poll when I released the episode. So let me know what you think. If you watch it after you’ve listened to the review, I’m also curious to see what you thought.

Thanks for listening everyone. I’ll catch you next time.

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Ep 43: The Unforgivable (R.2021)

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A short, spoiler free review on Netflix Original film, The Unforgivable, followed by a post viewing discussion. Directed by Nora Fingscheidt, starring Sandra Bullock, Richard Thomas, Linda Emond, Jon Bernthal, Viola Davis, Aisling Franciosi, and Vincent D’Onofrio.

A woman recently released from prison after serving 20 years for a violent crime, returns to a community that refuses to forgive her past.

Rated: R

REEL-View Rating: ⭐️ 7/10

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Welcome back, everyone.

This episode REEL Film Reviewed The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth installment of The Matrix franchise. 

Let’s get into the spoiler free review. 

Returned to a world of two lives. Mr. Anderson must choose to follow the White Rabbit once more to find out if his reality is the construct. 

This film attempts to give us doses of the 1999 Red Pill experience throughout this new reality that has been uploaded yet there is still something missing. 

Maybe it was that Neo appeared to be a form of John Wick if he truly was retired and forgot how to fight. Rather than being caught between the Matrix and reality, it felt more like we were caught in some weird, altered cinematic world where Keanu is stuck between being John Wick and Neo or Mr. Anderson. 

Most of the original cast is gone, yet still a part of the story, replacing iconic characters such as Morpheus with a new version and giving some odd backstory. 

This much anticipated reunion of the Matrix beloved system hackers fell flatter than curly hair after a tsunami. A combination of recollections, new action and a new concept being told over old bones. 

The Matrix was unique because there were rules that it followed. It never bent our minds too far, and it always gave us a focus for each story it told. This story seemed a sad attempt to resurrect a story that honestly may have been best left alone after the original Matrix in 1999.

Only three main members of the original cast appear in this installment, just enough to keep us interested in seeing the film, but certainly not enough to keep us interested in the action they’re now going through. Keanu Reeves reprises his iconic role, this time playing Neo with a twist. Neo has returned to being Thomas A. Anderson, working as a video game developer and the creator of a popular video game, The Matrix. 

The Matrix is now seen as a code on one of his monitors, and it is mentioned to be old Matrix code, as if video game code would somehow be this weird vertical pattern. He is made to appear and pulls off playing a burned out Neo yet despite this, he is still able to do the same things that he was able to do 20 years before the time that is set in this film.

Carrie-Anne Moss returns as a form of Trinity, though it takes most of the film before we get to see her as she once was, if you want to call it that. We see a glimpse of her old self at best. 

The new Morpheus is detestable, I love the actor, but the character that once was Morpheus is gone, and this replacement and his weird mix of comedy and fashion had to be more than displeased. In Morpheus, we had a comfort, hope and a father figure almost. But this new version is merely an added member of the new crew, which was my least favorite add.

The REEL View Rating 5 out of 10 stars.

This film gave us what it could in terms of the old vibes that we all longed for ever since Revolutions left us all near tears wondering what would become of our favorite crew after the outcome of that film. There are sometimes issues returning to a story after time has gone by, especially a story with three previous installments. 

What many focus on is giving the audience enough of the previous films in the new film for us to enjoy it in the same way, while telling us a different story.

In many circumstances, films miss the mark by overdoing it and causing the audience to lose interest and worse, comparing it to the previous films. 

The Matrix Resurrections was released in 2021. Directed by Lana Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Neil Patrick Harris. It has a runtime of 2 hours and 28 minutes and can be viewed in theaters and on HBO Max. 

All right, here is the spoiler alert warning. Those new to REEL film reviewed after this point, I will discuss this review further, potentially and likely reviewing spoilers. 

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Welcome back everyone, let’s dive into The REEL View Hollywood Comparison.

The REEL View was 5 out of 10. Critics said 64. Popular opinion was 5.7 and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 64%. 

Getting into this story, 20 years following the events of Revolutions, both Neo and Trinity are alive and have been returned to the Matrix and are living out their lives apart from each other.

Neo is a video game designer with his best game being The Matrix. Less is known about Trinity save her family life of being a married mother of two. Both are unaware of their present state, but like they felt in the first film, they knew something wasn’t right. 

Now, given the blue pill as a prescription, Neo lives his life as an unrecognizable Thomas Anderson being treated by a therapist who is really the analyst of the Matrix. Neo begins to rebel and stops taking the blue pill prescription, which allows a modern mind freeing crew led by Bugs to locate and free him. 

Bugs hacked into something called a modal, which is designed by Neo and contains the computer program version of Morpheus. Together with the team, they free Neo in what appears to be a more updated way to quote unquote unplug, they go through this tiny bathroom mirror on a train, so him fitting through this small window was a fun illusion. 

Long story short, Neo is found in a tower above the rest of the pods and there is a woman across from him who we all along with Neo, recognized to be Trinity. Neo is taken to io, which is the new city built by the humans and the machines. He learns what happened to Zion and works with Niobe to return to the Matrix to free Trinity. 

When he returns, he encounters Agent Smith, programmed yet again, still roaming the Matrix freely and now apparently a threat to the analyst. It comes down to a choice that Trinity has to make with some unusual hurdles to jump through but with the added spin of seeing Trinity when she was in the Matrix. 

Breaking down the REEL view. 

It took three movies to bring us to an ending of the Matrix, whereas this film did everything all in one, all while a super out of touch Neo struggles to get his power back throughout the entire film. Then all of a sudden he’s stopping bullets and controlling explosions like it’s nothing. 

The storyline was kind of boring. If you took away the nostalgia, it was kind of boring on its own. 

Zion, the storyline of how it was destroyed. Niobe is the sole person in charge now. I guess there wasn’t really a Council, it’s just so she just governed this entire thing and there was just a couple of things that were put into this that could just be kind of fall apart. 

Having her be the sole person in charge in a machine and human world. It just seems a little bit— I get that machines may not necessarily experience or feel jealousy, but they have risen up before, so it doesn’t necessarily. I don’t really buy that Niobe is just the sole person in charge. I mean,obviously she was, but it was just a little unrealistic and kind of weird and kind of not constructive to their story that they were trying to put around it. 

Now bringing us to the towers that they built to keep Neo and Trinity in and where their pods were, it seemed like it would make them more obvious to find they were laid out, appearing as a modern day Adam and Eve and the analyst basically stated that they gave birth to the new Matrix because their souls being kind of close together provided the energy source for the new Matrix. To Neo and Trinity, it had only been 20 years when it had in fact been 60 years in the real world. 

The non-aging was never really addressed, I guess it may have been due to the analyst taking time to resurrect them, but then that in itself made it appear more like they were risen from the dead rather than saved from the brink of death and to me that’s just odd. I didn’t really care for that part and the direction that it went. It wasn’t really thoroughly explained or explored, it was just kind of left to open interpretation, the film is called Resurrections and we see the reconstruction of their bodies. So are they like Ripley in Alien Resurrection? No idea. 

Then there is the moment that Trinity can fly and Neo can’t, and then at the end they both can fly? That’s not really explored either and so there was just a lot left on the table. The film moved from scene to scene with no real exploration in each area. 

The nostalgia and the desire to see Trinity return to the real world is kind of what keeps the momentum going for this film, but little else. The story itself was transactional with no elements of surprise for each one except for one, Agent Smith appearing at the end with the magic power to be able to stop the analyst. And finally, the post credit scene. The Catrix [Laughs] That is all I have to say about that. 

This did not land very well with moviegoers or Matrix fanboys and girls. In fact, online, many commented about feeling nearly insulted by the insinuation in the scene. I thought it was stupid, slightly funny, but overall it was the cherry on top of the disappointing cake.

I will say that the scene where they extracted Trinity from the Matrix and kind of did the little unplugged switch thing, that was kind of a cool little scene. 

All right, let’s get into some Did You Know? facts. 

Let’s see if there’s an explanation for why this film fell the way that it did. Trinity’s alter ego, Tiffany, is married to Chad in the film who is played by Chad Stahelski, who directed the John Wick series which starred Keanu Reeves. He was the stunt double for Keanu Reeves in the original Matrix trilogy, so they both played Neo.

Laurence Fishburn was not in this film obviously, he was asked why and he stated they would have to ask Lana Wachowski.

Now I have an opinion about that, to be fair. Niobe like they stated, this was 60 years. Niobe if she was 20 in that movie, then this would have made her 80, at least in this film. And she’s in a world where health doesn’t necessarily or healthcare doesn’t necessarily look like it’s very advanced, I mean, possibly. But Morpheus always appeared to be so much older. Not a lot older, but he appeared to be older than Niobe. So I think it makes sense that Laurence Fishburn wasn’t in it. I mean, I guess he could have played the actual version of him, like the program. He could have played the program rather than this guy that they got. But as I mentioned, I like that actor, I just didn’t care for the Morpheus that they made in this film.

According to Lana Wachowski, her decision to bring back Neo and Trinity for the fourth film was inspired by the loss of both of her parents who died just five weeks apart and a close friend. She defines Neo and Trinity as the two most important characters in her life, and the writing process was her way to heal. For Lilly Wachowski however, this sense of loss was part of her decision to not return to the series.

Like many other films, it was impacted by COVID-19 in mid March 2020, filming for the San Francisco portion of the film had just been completed and the cast and crew had just arrived in Berlin when production shut down in response to the COVID pandemic, causing a shooting delay for several months. 

Also as a fun fact, it’s kind of more of an overall matrix fact but, Will Smith was initially considered for the role of Neo but he turned it down and then he did I, Robot which is hilarious, anyway.

That is all I have on The Matrix Resurrections.

Let me know what you thought of the film if you have seen it. 

If you watch the film after you listen to the review, I am always especially curious of your thoughts.

Thanks for listening, everyone, I’ll catch you next time. 

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