★★★★ Watched 26 Dec, 2021
Surprisingly self-aware and self-referential as well as anti-corporate with a spoonful of fan service. And yet enjoyable because treats the legacy characters with respect. They have not been pushed aside like in the new Star Wars trilogy.
The story makes you think but it’s far from as thought-provoking as the original. The world has changed and our minds can’t be blown the same way again. Love remains a powerful central emotion that keeps the world go around being real or virtual.
There are some intentionally rehashed action sequences from the original with some new ones that are good, but there are only a few moments of genuine artistry. Despite it all, the plot is not on autopilot and predictable, which is not an easy task.
At the end of the day, there was not much new to say and Lana knew that. There’s a scene where one says Warner would make a sequel (to the game trilogy) with or without the creator, which feels what actually happened, so it was surprising they were allowed to leave it in. I presume the other Wachowski sister refused to get involved for that very reason.
P.S. It felt a bit like a reunion for some of the cast of Sense8.