Will Neo surpass John Wick’s popularity?
Before the John Wick era, everyone and their mother knew Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson, better known as Neo. Throughout the Matrix trilogy, he isn’t even called by his real name, only referred to as “Mr. Anderson” by his longtime nemesis, Agent Smith. Consider the fact that Will Smith almost played the role before Keanu Reeves was given it. If he doesn’t say no, we may never see Keanu Reeves reach his original star status. Think of the role Keanu Reeves played before Neo and before John Wick. In addition to The Matrix, Mr. Reeves has starred in popular action films like “Breaking In” and “Speed,” as well as more serious films like Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula). Okay, so he’s cool in Point Break and Speed, but we all have to admit, it’s hard not to laugh listening to his English accent in a Dracula movie. Hey man, we can talk about Keanu and his habit of over-acting, but we don’t care. We all love this guy and movies, good or bad, and he still never fails to entertain us.
For me, I’ve always enjoyed watching him. Yes, that was long before John Wick’s current glory days. If you were a Keanu fan before he became John Wick, you’re amazing. Know the reference? Of course you know. The point is, Keanu Reeves has a lot more resume than John Wick. After the Matrix trilogy ended, his career seemed to be in a downward spiral, and he wasn’t really involved in what anyone saw. In 2013, he made his directorial debut “Man of Tai Chi”, and in the same year he directed “47 Ronin”. No one actually sees those, which is kind of unfortunate, considering the former is actually pretty fun. A year later, however, Keanu Reeves has revived his career with his famous killer role in one of the greatest action films of all time. These days, as he kills it as John Wick, it’s easy to forget his former glory days as Neo. I mean, the last Matrix movie came out in 2003, and it wasn’t a huge hit with audiences. Sadly, neither is its predecessor, Revolutions. The first Matrix is by far the best of the trilogy and one of the greatest films of all time. On the other hand, the John Wick trilogy has three good movies that most audiences are very fond of. With the fourth John Wick film on the way, it looks like we’ll be indulging in even bloodier John Wick fun. I’m all for it, but we can’t forget another iconic role of Keanu.
The Matrix: Resurrection is set to hit theaters on December 22, which is very close. I’m so excited about the franchise’s return and I hope the next movie is as good as the first one. We’ll know soon for sure, but I can’t help but wonder about Neo. No, I’m not talking about his status. By now, we can probably guess that Neo didn’t really die at the end of the revolution. Or maybe he did, but honestly, it’s hard to figure out at the moment. The logic in The Matrix movies has always been messy and we shouldn’t overthink it. It’s a super fun sci-fi action movie trilogy with killer wire kung fu fight scenes. There’s really no need to overthink how matrices work. But you know what? I wonder if Neo will surpass John Wick as Keanu Reeves’ best character. I think it’s a fair topic to ponder, especially since we’ll be getting Resurrection soon and the next John Wick movie next year. Let’s keep in mind that both films were originally supposed to hit theaters on the same weekend earlier this year. Gosh, that’s going to be a glorious Keanu Reeves weekend. But honestly it doesn’t matter because we’re going to get two of his signature roles this year and next.
I’m just wondering if Keanu Reeves fans will put Neo on the same level of popularity as John Wick. It’s basically a fight between young Keanu and old Keanu. But am I kidding? Keanu Reeves never gets old. Like, never. This guy is basically a vampire. It’s good for us because we’ll probably get more Neo and John Wick in the next few years. I mean, it really depends on what happens after Resurrection and John Wick 4, but we just want to bask in more Keanu Reeves glory. With that in mind, I feel like fans of Resurrections in the next few weeks could see a brand new Neo. Judging by the trailer, he seems confused and doesn’t even remember what happened during his time as Neo. This could be very interesting for Matrix fans, but I think we’re going to see a smarter and more powerful Neo than the trilogy. The character is also more calm and benevolent than John Wick, so there is a contrast between them. The differences between these two signature John Wick characters can determine how fans rate their popularity.
By now, I do think more fans are used to seeing Keanu Reeves as a gunman. Who can blame them? I’m part of that fanbase, but as someone who grew up watching Keanu Reeves dodge bullets like Neo, I’d like to see the character be as appreciated as John Wick. The Matrix trilogy isn’t as good as the John Wick trilogy, so I get it. With the resurrection coming, I hope it puts Neo back on that radar. Maybe we’re just too used to John Wick, but we can’t forget Keanu’s first iconic role. Honestly, I don’t think Neo will surpass John Wick’s popularity, but does it matter? I don’t think so because we can appreciate the old while coexisting with the new. But again, if Will Smith hadn’t turned down Neo’s role, I believe we might never have seen Keanu Reeves become John Wick. think about it.
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