Actor Keanu Reeves is weighing in on “Star Wars.”
With “The Matrix Resurrections” finally in theaters, Reeves has been doing a lot of thinking about sequels failing to live up to their expectations.
In an interview with Tom Lamont of The Guardian, Lamont revealed that he was disappointed with both of the “Matrix” sequels that came out in 2003: “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions.”
“My experience of watching them went through phases, first excitement, which turned by increments into panic and boredom, finally becoming a thick and soupy disappointment,” Lamont explained.
“In 1999, when I was 17, the first Matrix seemed to me the least boring film ever made,” he continued. “Over and over I guessed what might come next in the story. In 2001, when I was 19, the sequels gave me my first taste of artistic disappointment: how impossible it is for a much-imagined thing to live up to one’s own limitless expectations.”
Reeves Knows About Disappointing Sequels: He’s Seen ‘Star Wars’
Reeves was sympathetic to Lamont being disappointed by “The Matrix” sequels, stating that he experienced his fair share of disappointment when he went to theaters to see “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” back in 1983.
“I went in, like, ‘Wow, I wonder, are they gonna do this, and will they do that…? And then I was like, ‘Oh no. Oh no,’” Reeves shared.
“Um, so I totally get it,” he added. “I know that experience as a filmgoer. But I just try to let films be, y’know? I try to think about what the creators were going for. It’s their work of art, man. I try to come to their art and meet it wherever it is.”
‘Star Wars’ Has A History Of Controversial Sequels
It’s rare to see anyone criticize the original “Star Wars” trilogy these days, especially after the films in the sequel trilogy. “The Rise of Skywalker” was dubbed an overwhelming disappointment to mark the end of the Skywalker Saga, and many have criticized the trilogy’s lack of planning for its less-than-cohesive finish.
“The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson even admitted that he cut an actress’ career short when he didn’t invite her back to the sequel because he mistakenly believed that her character died in “The Force Awakens” – despite that there was a comic book series devoted to her character between the two films.
Although Reeves might have been let down by “Return of the Jedi,” it was finally entered into the National Film Registry earlier this month, along with “WALL-E,” “A Nightmare of Elm Street,” and “Lord of the Rings: A Fellowship of the Ring,” which also celebrated its 20th anniversary this year with a rap reunion party hosted by number one “LOTR” fan Stephen Colbert.
The first film in the franchise, “A New Hope,” was among the first group of inductees in 1989 after the National Film Preservation Board was established in 1988. “The Empire Strikes Back” was chosen in 2010, which means that the original “Star Wars” trilogy is now a piece of national history.
According to the official Star Wars website, “Return of the Jedi” secured the greatest number of votes among the 6,150 other film contenders.
Like “The Matrix,” it has only gotten better with time.