People are complaining about it because nobody actually likes original stuff, even when they say they do. But I’m happy it exists and gave me something to keep myself occupied while recovering this week.
I enjoy that it’s a simple love story stretched out over layers and pits of genre that the main characters kinda don’t really care about as long as they can be together. It’s one of those great tricks where the story is really laser focused even when it seems like it might be bloated.
Not gonna be for everyone. I suspect it’ll be like all of the Wachowskis’ works in that people won’t truly enjoy it for another 10-15 years, because in moments when you’re confronted with genuine expressions of emotion, it’s easier to be a cynical grouch that shuns sentiment than it is to flex your empathy muscles. But late one night, long after the fact, it’ll sneak up on you and chew at your brain. And in a moment when you’re less guarded, you’ll let it in and feel the unbearable weight of all you’ve missed out on.
So don’t be a dick, is what I’m saying. Watch the movie like a parent who cares about their kids instead of like a dumbass 17 year old Limp Bizkit fan from 2002.