I think I'd like to check out The Matrix Resurrections in the theatre. I watched the original when it came out in 1999, and the new one seems to have a lot of similar elements to it.

I never watched the 2nd and 3rd movies in the series. By the time I had heard how much they had been panned, I was happy to have seen the first one only.

If I go to see the new Matrix movie, will I be completely lost having missed characters and story lines from the middle two movies?

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    Basically, yes.... There is a lot of plot and characters in the second and third movies that will make a lot of Resurrections incomprehensible without prior viewing
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 12:20
  • That's what I was afraid of. I don't think I want to do the homework to see the new one. Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 13:13
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    @Jason - I've a similar dilemma - it's my partner's favourite ever movie series, yet I didn't even like the first one much & fell asleep through the other two. I'm under a lot of peer pressure to rewatch the first three before being compelled to sit through the fourth ;))
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 13:32
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    I guess you have to watch all three.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Dec 29, 2021 at 14:42
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    This conversation is turning into whether to recommend a movie - might be better done in chat. FWIW as someone who absolutely loved the first movie, all the sequels have been disappointing.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Dec 30, 2021 at 5:15

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Yes. You will miss a whole lot of things:

  • You will miss the whole purpose and rationale behind Resurrection.

  • You will miss history about recurring characters and what happened to other characters.

  • You will miss some key plot elements, like what happened to Zion at the end of Revolution.

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