Roman Polanski once said, “I’d rather watch a film in a movie theatre. I have all the kit you need at home, but it’s not the same.”
A few months ago, I had the privilege of seeing The Matrix (1999) on the big screen. I missed its theatrical debut fourteen years ago, but my local cinema occasionally plays older movies in special screening events. The Matrix was already one of my favorite films, so I jumped at the chance to see it in theaters. The experience was nothing short of revelatory.
Only sitting in a theater did I understand the purpose of the film’s wide 2.35:1 aspect ratio. As my head turned to keep up with a back-and-forth between Neo and Morpheus, I became cognizant of how deliberately cinematographer Bill Pope framed every shot in the film. No matter how many times I’d watched The Matrix on Blu-ray, nothing compared to this. At that moment, it was clear: this was how the movie was meant to be seen.
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