Netflix explained transgender themes in The matrix in a new Twitter thread, breaking down the film’s trans allegory using quotes from trans writers and critics after comments from film co-director Lilly Wachowski.
The matrix was directed by trans sisters and women Lilly and Lana Wachowski, and earlier this week Lilly confirmed that they have always viewed the sci-fi film as a trans allegory, saying the film’s main message is about “the desire for transformation but everything was going to happen from a closed point of view ”.
Fans of The matrix have long discussed the film through a trans lens, and now, following Lilly’s confirmation of the theory, Netflix has offered a breakdown of some of the film’s main allusions.
The thread begins by citing a summary used by Andrea Long Chu in her book Females, saying, “Neo has dysphoria. The matrix is binary sex. The agents are transphobia. “
He then goes on to note that the film follows Neo (Keanu Reeves) as he moves from the identity given to him to the one he carves for himself, choosing the name Neo and rejecting his old name. .
“And then there’s the whole red pill, the connection of the blue pill,” adds Netflix.
“Not only is the pill literally Neo’s gateway to seeing the world as it is and the systems built to define and control his identity, it is also a fitting metaphor for hormone therapy. “
Netflix also touches on the movie’s groundbreaking visual effects, noting Professor Cael Keegan’s analysis of visual aesthetics in the book. Lana and Lilly Wachowski: Sensitive Transgender and how they “teach audiences what it might be like to live in more than one body,” noting that the film’s iconic slow-motion bullet scene is one example.
The streaming service also defended the film against claims that Lilly’s recent confirmation of trans themes in The matrix is a “retcon”.
“While the Wachowski sisters go out after –Matrix may have inspired fans to revisit their filmography through a trans lens, they were still trans women and The matrix is and always will be a film by two trans filmmakers, ”Netflix Film tweeted.
“Lilly and Lana Wachowski gave us one of the most influential, enduring and famous films of all time,” the narrative concludes later.
” Through The matrix, they gave trans people the possibility of a cinematic world without borders or borders. A world where anything is possible. ”
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Earlier this year, Lilly Wachowski explained how The matrix was “born out of a lot of anger and rage,” adding that “the seething and seething rage within me was about my own oppression” as a trans woman.
Lilly’s sister Lana is now working on a fourth Matrix film, which is set to see the return of original cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, with Reeves recently saying Lana’s script was too “good” to refuse.
“Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful screenplay and a wonderful story that resonated with me. That’s the only reason to do it, ”Reeves said.
“To work with her again is just amazing. It was really special, and the story has, I think, some significant things to tell that we can learn from. “
The matrix 4 is slated for release on April 1, 2022, while Disclosure: Trans lives on screen is available to stream now on Netflix.
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