There’s been quite a bit of hype surrounding the latest Matrix trailer. Let me preface this by saying that The Matrix is one of my favorite movies, and that the visual effects in it blew me away. However, (and I may get lynched for saying this,) the trailer for The Matrix: Reloaded disappointed me. Here’s why: there’s a big difference between using computer graphics in a movie just for the sake of using them, and using them well. Part of the reason that I liked the original Matrix movie so much was that they seemed to understand that difference. But in the latest trailers, they seem to suffer the same problems that Spiderman and Episode II did, with unrealistic, cartoonish animation, which really takes a lot out of the movie for me. I’m not claiming to be any sort of computer animation expert, but I think all you need to do is just to be a human being to realize that something is wrong with the motion. This is not to say that I won’t be lining up to see The Matrix along with the rest of the country, but I hope that in the final version, they will have cleaned up some of the effects.
There is also a new Hulk trailer out, and unfortunately, the Hulk still looks like Shrek on steroids. In related news, poor Jennifer Connelly, who stars as Betty Ross in The Hulk, seems forever doomed to play the supportive woman to the slightly psychotic man — a role she perfected in Dark City and A Beautiful Mind.