Star Wars and The Matrix
There holds in heaven, if there is a heaven, a cabinet so sublime, so extravagantly constructed as to hold the two classics: Star Wars and The Matrix. Star Wars was the original space-western journey of the seventies – The Matrix is the Star Wars of the noughties.
Luke Skywalker was the well-built, blonde haired, blue eyed stereotypical American farmer of the time of Star Wars’ production. Today, western civilisation considers Neo an idol for modern boys. Neo is the rebellious tech-whiz, a computer junkie. In the 70’s, marrying the princess (cheerleader or a Kennedy) was the ultimate prize in becoming a man. Leia is a prize (a lei is a decorative Hawaiian garland, a prize). Trinity is a more politically correct prize - an equally skilful person.
Darth Vader ('dearth', 'dark’, 'death' or 'dead' father) is the omnipotent father figure whose child is terrified of attack or disapproval. Agent Smith possesses the same limiting effect, as he is unknown (Smith – an alias which is commonly used for CIA spies, “they are everyone, they are no one”) and unapproachable by Neo. Both stories are about the child overcoming this ‘father’. The outside worlds that conspire to crush the heroes are the Empire and the AI machines. Yoda & Morpheus and Obi-Wan Kenobi show similar parallels.
If you were to translate the images of Star Wars into modern vernacular, you may come up with The Matrix. Both movies use the common device of the potential hero being either sought out or roped into peculiar circumstances. Luke heeds the plea in Leia's hologram message, and Neo obeys the advice of a mysterious message telling him to “follow the white rabbit”. However, the heroes initially refuse the call to adventure until outside factors force them to reconsider. The heroes pass through childhood and into adolescence where they begin to become aware of the world around them. The mentors (Morpheus and Obi-wan) cleverly ensnare the heroes curiosity by carefully...
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