It’s an interesting experience to watch movies with my parents, especially ones that involve twists and turns, or are just a little out there from normal, everyday life (don’t even get me started on The X-Files, for instance).
Last Saturday night, I braved watching The Matrix with my mom and dad. I took slight creative license, but the core flavor is still there.
The agents are chasing Neo through his office
Mom: Why are they wearing sunglasses indoors? Do they know how silly they look?
Me: I think it’s supposed to make them look scarier, Mom. Good to know that tactic wouldn’t work on you, though.
Neo wakes up, looks confused
Dad: Ok, so we’re not supposed to know if he was dreaming or not, right?
Me: That’s correct, Dad. Just hang in there.
Neo hangs in the air as he trains with Morpheus
Dad: So how does he do that?
Me: He’s in the Matrix. It’s not real life, and he can bend the rules.
Dad: Got it.
It’s the spoon-bending scene
Dad: Hold it, so how come he was able to bend the spoon?
Me: Dad, the couch you’re sitting on isn’t real. The woman in the red dress wasn’t real. Remember what the little boy said? THERE IS NO SPOON!
Major fight scene between Neo and Agent Smith
Mom: So how come the sunglasses guy didn’t die just then?
Me: Because he’s an agent, kind of a computer program. The person he was inhabiting just died, but the agent didn’t. He’s in the Matrix.
Neo was just shot multiple times. It was very dramatic.
Dad: Wait a minute, so why didn’t he die from all those bullets?
Me: He’s in the Matrix. The bullets aren’t real. None of this is real!
Dad: But I thought you could still die in the Matrix.
Me: Very good, Dad, you can. But he’s The One, so the rules don’t apply to him. Kinda like Jesus.
Mom: Only Jesus didn’t wear sunglasses indoors.