- May 24, 2016
One of the biggest scenes in the movie is when Neil Patrick Harris says to Neo and Trinity people just want the same recycled junk, they don't want freedom.
After which Neo and Trinity laughed at him, humiliated him in his own domain (after having proved him wrong in a big way earlier), and then went off to go do the thing he said was impossible.
Was gonna say this as a reply to someone, but in thinking about it it's more of a blanket reply.
1. It's not a meta-commentary on how bad the Matrix is, it's a meta-commentary on where, if not necessarily "good", at least "impactful" or "influential" art comes from--in the view of the film, artistic passion, put in opposition to the idea of "art rules". I don't necessarily agree with this (I can think of examples like Rick and Morty for art that rigidly follows rules and wasn't necessarily the creator's passion, though it might be, but is really good), but I can think of stuff like Twilight or even the Star Wars prequels that might qualify as impactful art without the formulas followed, and of course everyone thinks their particular artistic standards are the artistic standards, which is why you get so many people attacking plot holes and tone in art when neither of those things necessarily matter.
2. Trinity doesn't represent women, she represents art, particularly art made with passion behind it. Neo doesn't have his full power without Trinity not because of some female empowerment narrative, but because without his passion for the thing he's created, the art just isn't the same. She's his muse, and until he risks everything for his muse, he can't tap fully into his talent. The reason she develops the full power first (Neo is shown flying around too in the final scene) is as a representation of the art taking on a life of its own independent of the creator, as the creator realizes things about the characters, plot, and so on that take it in a different direction from what the creator envisioned, and as fans are inspired by what they see and make art of their own based off of it.