Will Sloan’s review published on Letterboxd:
There's a lot of funny meta-commentary in here about making a very personal movie, seeing it become a cultural phenomenon and generational touchstone, seeing it come to mean a million things to a million people, and then being tasked with making an unnecessary franchise extension to your baby by the unfeeling corporation that owns it while also feeling far removed from the original idea. Also, since The Matrix has come to be seen in some quarters as an allegory for the trans experience in light of the Wachowskis' transitions, it's interesting that this movie 1) complicates the iconic "red pill"/"blue pill" meme by suggesting that binaries are false, and 2) casts prominent gay assimilationist Neil Patrick Harris as the evil ruler of the new Matrix, who also happens to be a psychiatrist.
I thought this was fun, and had a lot of nifty stuff to look at. I haven't thought much about The Matrix since 2003, so I was a bit lost during some of the world-building/callback stretches in the midsection. Even so, I followed this enough to know that this series is basically still a metaphor for life under a system (specifically, patriarchal capitalism) that encourages conformity, groupthink, and deference to the status quo, and discourages any attempt to chart a different path by reminding us that we could lose whatever meagre comforts we already have. Why did this flop while the new Scream is opening big? Not asking because I'm mad or because I have any agenda, I'm just genuinely curious. Phones are open.