Originally Posted by Interesting Ian
They really should have stopped at the first one. I find it incredible that anyone has anything positive to say about parts 2 and 3. Unmitigated rubbish.
Ah, well, I went and read stuff on this site: The MATRIX 101 - Understanding The Matrix Trilogy
And while certain parts of it were extremely bad, like the final fight between Neo and Smith, I'm still impressed by the incredibly deep and rich re-layering and interweaving of storylines. Quite frankly, the first movie is the one I watch the least
frequently, because it's the most boring and, aside from the premise of the milieu, presents very little that's interesting. It presents practically no difficult questions: just that of nature of reality. It's an intro course; there's no meat.
As an example, here's one interesting essay series on The Matrix Trilogy that requires all three movies is The Matrix and The Mater