Let’s not fool ourselves. We know there is no virtual world lurking beneath the surface of our own. The Matrix, as an alternate lifestyle, isn’t real. But that doesn’t make the film any less enjoyable or forgettable. In fact, its influences are as alive now as they ever were, with Agent Smith creeping into ads promoting GE’s new integration system, and Seth MacFarlane using the film to make a penis joke for his Oscar promos.
And just as it will always be around, there will always be people who haven’t seen it, and people who don’t quite grasp it whenever they do. Case in point: the above video, where YouTube user PixelsPerSecond presents The Matrix to his mom, and then lets her rehash the complicated story immediately after watching it. While the editing is quite clever and engaging – and features the Keanu Reeves meme from Bill and Ted, which is always a winner – the real fun is in listening to his mom talk about a film that is less like the Wachowskis’ film and more like the Syfy cheapo version. From calling the Matrix a computer to mistaking Morpheus’ name with Moshimo, this is good-natured humor from end to end. We’re laughing with her, not at her. In fact, the best parts are when she amuses herself.
Incidentally, if you’d like to obsess over the myriad complexities within the Matrix universe, this website should help you out. And when you’re done studying, check out a similar video from PixelsPerSecond below, where he shows a friend Star Wars, and intergalactic hilarity ensues.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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