Thomas sits at his desk creating a video game named Binary when he gets a warning that a hacker purged the Modal 101 file. While Thomas looks into the hack, Jude tells him their boss, Smith, wants to see him. Thomas thinks Smith wants to talk about Binary’s budget and timeline, but Smith has other concerns. Their parent company, Warner Brothers, wants to make a sequel to his trilogy game, The Matrix. And they will make it with or without Thomas. Thomas starts to panic because he had a mental breakdown after creating the game. He couldn’t discern reality from dreams. Now, Thomas sees a therapist to maintain his mental state.
Thomas goes to a coffee shop with co-worker Jude, and Jude forces Thomas to talk to a woman he fixates on every day. The woman is Tiffany, and she is married with two sons. She feels like she knows Thomas, and he explains it away. Later, they see each other and question him about his game. She thinks a character, Trinity, looks like her. Thomas goes back to his office, and an alarm forces an evacuation. Before Thomas leaves the building, he gets a text message to go to the bathroom. A man walks out of the stall and introduces himself as Morpheus, and Thomas panics. It’s his game character come to life. Thomas runs to his therapists to handle reality but ends up on top of the roof. He attempts to jump off and fly when Bugs grabs him. She tells him the Matrix is real and shows her bunny tattoo. Her world knows him as the one Neo, and he follows her into the Matrix.
The fourth installment of the trilogy has all the effects and wild storylines from its predecessor (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It shows clips of the past for people new to the series. But, there are phrases, jokes, and other nuances you won’t understand without seeing the other films. The writers do a superb job describing what happened to Neo over 20 years, why, and who is in control. Also, it explained the change in characters’ looks while paying homage to the original actors. While it created an end to the trilogy, it left the door open for something new for the next generation.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
The choice is an allusion. You already know what you have to do – Bugs
Limits are the domain of the limited – Morpheus
I quit calling it a habit.Now it’s just a guilty pleasure – Smith
Dana visits her father for his birthday and walks in to find a stranger. He introduces himself as 1st Sergeant Charles Monroe King. Charles tells Dana that her father is on the back porch, and he was hanging a picture that he painted. She admires Charles’s handy work and goes to the back to see her father. Her father gives her some pointers to get Charles alone, and she takes them. Soon they are talking on the phone every day. He talks about his divorce and his daughter. She talks about the pain from her father’s affair. When Charles gets some leave, he visits Dana in New York. Then, September 11th brought reality to their relationship. While Charles is at the range, Dana tells him that she wants to start a family. He one-ups her and asks to get married, and she says yes. Soon Dana is pregnant, but he has his orders. So Dana gives Charles a journal filled with questions for a father to answer for his child (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Years later, Dana will use that journal to guide her son, Jordan, through difficult moments of his life, like dealing with Charles’s death.
Based on A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor by Dana Canedy, this film is a heartfelt love letter to Jordan about his parents (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Jordan has his father’s written word and his mother’s book to understand their relationship, pitfalls, and growth. Although he doesn’t remember his father, Jordan can read the love Charles held in his heart. Because this movie doesn’t have a linear timeline, you can’t be late. The film starts with the spark that made Dana write the book. But she didn’t write it all at once. She took years. While their love was short, their words will exist forever. FYI, this movie is for adults.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tell him everything – Charles
Men are a luxury, not a necessity – Dana
Peak-a-boo Daddy – Jordan
It’s been 30 years since Prince Akeem went to America and defied his father and tradition to find true love with his Princess, Lisa. Now, Akeem and Lisa have three daughters: Meeka, Omma, and Tinashe. While Akeem loves his daughters, his father, King Jaffe, reminds him only a male can be heir to the throne. General Izzi of Nextdoria is furious with Akeem because Akeem didn’t marry his sister Imani. Without their marriage, other countries severed tradelines to Nextdoria, and Nextdoria’s economy collapsed. Izzi wants Meeka to marry his son to restore the bond between the two countries. Akeem knows Meeka doesn’t want to marry Izzi’s son. Before Akeem can speak, King Jaffe calls Akeem to his sickbed. A shaman saw a vision of Akeem’s first-born, only son living in Queens. Akeem doesn’t know how this happened because Lisa was the only woman he was with physically. Then Semmi helps him recall the night they went to the club. Semmi brought two women home and left one with Akeem. After smoking marijuana, they had a great night and made a baby. Much to Jaffe’s delight, Akeem starts to attack Semmi. Jaffe tells Akeem to go to Queens and get his son. Then have his son marry Izzi’s only daughter, Bopoto. Their family would still rule Zamunda, and Nextdoria’s tradelines will open. Semmi and Akeem travel to Queens and notice the changes to the neighborhood instantly. They go to the local barbershop and show the shaman’s drawing of Akeem’s son, and the shop owners recognize the boy as Lavelle Junson and give Lavelle’s location. After talking to Lavelle, Lavelle brings Akeem and Semmi to meet his family, including his mother, Mary. Akeem gives Lavelle a quick recap of himself, Zamunda, and Lavelle’s expectations. Lavelle doesn’t want to go to Zamunda until he sees the gold bricks Semmi possesses. Lavelle agrees to go, but only if Mary can go too. Lavelle can’t wait to be a prince. But when this prince feels like a diplomatic pawn, will he fall in line or blaze his father’s path?
The sequel to Coming to America has the laughs and lessons from the first movie (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). While Akeem broke tradition in the first movie, since then he followed them. He has a daughter willing to take the throne, but the law says it can only go to a man. This law is the reason why he goes on a quest for his son. A very memorable moment is King Jaffe’s funeral. Not because he died but because he decided to do it while he was still alive. He had Gladys Knight, En Vogue, and Salt-N-Pepa perform with a eulogy from Morgan Freeman. To add to the craziness, the king died during the funeral. All the characters you love come back for the second movie, even Louie Anderson and Garcelle Beauvais. And the movie teaches the same lesson: the king has a lot to learn from his prince. Seeing a prince follow his heart makes you fall in love with the movie again.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I rather enjoyed being on fleek – Akeem
He has already ordered my execution 3 times – Semmi
Barely but for how long – General Izzi
Come on son, just kill him – Jaffe
Uppity bitch says what – Mary
I’m Lavelle Junson, I don’t need no handout – Lavelle
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