February 03, 2003
Neo Appeal

ain't he a kick in the head?

Paul M. wrote me with this query:

"Can you please recommend any Keanu sites / web pages offering eloquent quotations (or even fan poetry) pertaining to what makes the Neo character so appealling and unique?"

I couldn't think of any specific web pages to direct him to (though I did suggest he check out some Matrix message boards), but I told him I would pose this question you you, dear readers....

What is it about Neo?

To get the ball rolling, here's a few things off the top of my head.

There's the pure graceful physicality that Mr. reeves brought to the role. I can't imagine anyone else as Neo in that regard.

As far as character aspects go, I think there's a humilty to Neo that makes him stand apart from your everyday "hero". He's a badass not for badassedness' sake, but to save Morpheus and Trinity and by the end of the first film, all those still enslaved in The Matrix.

Also, since his "superpowers" aren't really to do with physical strength, but rather an understanding of how The Matrix works, I think Neo is sort of a symbol for the power of the mind.

He's a former loner computer geek that saves the day and gets the girl, all without technically leaving his chair.

You gotta love him.

red pill | from inside the mind of krix at February 03, 2003 01:49 PM .

One thing Mr. Reeves brought to the character of Neo that he didn't bring to Siddhartha (in Little Buddha), is a non-laughable serenity that follows his "enlightenment". At least I didn't laugh (and forgive me Krix, but I laughed everytime I saw him in his saffron robes in Little Buddha).

In the Matrix he just has this cool detatchment that starts after his session in the chair with Tank and Morpheus.

I believed he could save all the souls still floating in the tanks, powering the Matrix.

He just does a fine bit of acting in what could have very well been a paper flat role.

Posted by: scott on February 3, 2003 02:28 PM

Neo is a beautiful mix of waifboy vulnerability and ass kicking superhero. The most beautiful moment in the Matrix (IMHO) is the moment when Trinity wakes him up with a kiss, a la Sleeping Beauty.

It's so perfect: he's just kicked some serious ass, and discovered that he's the most powerful human being alive, but he's still gentle and humble enough to be bowled over by his first kiss. And it *is* his first kiss. Brilliant!!

Posted by: Kelly on February 3, 2003 03:03 PM

Neo is the one that makes you dream of endless possibilities
Neo is the one that you always secretly wished existed
Neo is the one that draws his strength from all our dreams
Neo is the one that gives you strength back just by being
Neo is the one that shows you the soul that shines behind his eyes
Neo is the one that makes you believe he'll protect you
Neo is the one that will always be there

Neo IS the one

Posted by: Julie on February 3, 2003 03:47 PM

I like the fact that he didn't believe he was the One until it happened. He power was there all along and dire circumstances, not ego/trying to prove himself, brought them to light.


Posted by: Keanuette on February 3, 2003 03:50 PM

That's lovely, Julie :)

Oh, and the line to spank Scott starts behind me, ladies ;)

Posted by: krix on February 3, 2003 03:51 PM

Wait. I tried to say something nice. I thought I succeeded.

And I'm an old fashioned guy. I don't go in for all that leather and spanking.

Posted by: scott on February 3, 2003 05:00 PM

Well, okay. Leather is kinda cool ;)

Posted by: scott on February 3, 2003 05:00 PM

I think for me it's the fact that he's just a true "everyman." There is nothing really special about him and he's just another drone worker bee when you boil it all down to it.

But, then in the Matrix he becomes a superhero sort of persona that can kick anyones ass.

That's my theory.

Posted by: C.C. on February 3, 2003 07:23 PM

i think scott needs a kiss and a spanking, so i'll get in that line! (a kiss for the nice stuff about Neo, a spanking for laughing at keanu-as-buddha) and i'll wear my leather chaps... ;)

as for Neo, his total lack of ego is unimaginably sexy. and let's not forget, even as C.C.'s "everyman" drone, Thomas Anderson was on a quest of epic proportions.

Posted by: Lori on February 3, 2003 11:15 PM
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