Well except the producers who surely had dollar signs instead of eyes ... although why anyone thought it was a good idea to release this a week after Spider-Mans No way home is beyond me. That could never work ... not just because of the pandemic we are still fully experiencing.
I understand people being dissapointed. We have romantic views of things of the past, even more so in times like these. No I'm not trying to put you in a bad mood. We are all in this together - no pun intended. Having an escape like the Matrix ... I reckon some would choose to go and take the blue pill(s). If they were offered to them.
While I wrote reboot, you could also go revisit, reimagined, rewritten, remembered, rebranded and so forth .. maybe some of those will be used for a future entry in the Matrix saga (which can't be called a trilogy anymore ... not that logic has stopped anyone from doing things .. inside or outside the Matrix).
Add to that recasted ... fans were not smitten when they heard that Laurence Fishburn was not ... reprising his role. Hey I don't remake these words up, they already exist - I am just reusing them. Ok I'll try to stop - maybe, let's just ... return to the movie.
Now the role of Morpheus exists, but it seems someone else inhabits that role ... why? Well the movie is going to tell you why. There is a "logical" explanation for it. I put logical in ", because that same logic does not seem to apply for other character who are ... reprising their roles. Almost a shame it is not written with "Ri" ... a Rihanna obsessed friend of mine would get a kick out of that.
That aside and logic kicked to the curb, the movie is quite openly mocking itself. As camp as you can get. Neo is being sought out ... for not apparent reason (that doesn't count into the words that start with "re", right?). But we don't need logic and explanations, when we get visual treats and fan service that should satisfy those watching. On a big screen if possible.
Yes Keanu looks a bit like John Wick in this (which considering they shot the movies close together makes sense after all) - don't hate him for that. He may not be the best dramatic actor out there, but he has created or rather portrayed some really memorable characters on screen. We'll remember him for that ... that would be a good point to close the ... review actually.
But on we go, because the action sequences are something to be talked about (really well made, even if Keanu uses a force now more often that not) and the fact that you have two villains who both are a great combination and help elevate the movie to a new level.
Accept this for the campy trip it is supposed to be, be happy for the new generation that can enjoy a Matrix movie, and try to enjoy this romp with great visual effects. Also stay through the credits for a bonus scene - and if you like it or not, the Matrix probably will always return in one way or another ...