Michael Heilemann, in this article, speaks to my heart when I read his rants about the Matrix:
When I see the complete picture of everything that The Matrix currently encompasses I see a fantastic canvas of modern science-fiction. And I wish I could show that canvas to the people who dont appreciate it in the same way that I do. I wish I could make you see; make you appreciate what this is, what significance this has. But thats like explaining the punch line of an in-joke; itll destroy the intention….
The Matrix franchise was never a series that aimed for the general public. Magically it managed to become a raging success and that led people to believe that this was a movie for them. Well it wasnt. Its for us. Its for the people who love the poses, the movements, the references and all that other stuff that the general public fails to notice anyway. Its for the people who bothered to watch the Animatrix from beginning till end. Its for the people who see the canvas, the people who dreamed a dream when they were kids and the people who wear their geeks on their collar.
In the comments for that article, I loved this line:
(To the naysayers:) Heres the reality of it all. Its a story. And except for two people on this planet, YOU DIDNT WRITE IT. Do you still want to pass judgement? Then go write a better story that has the ending you want, the plot you want, and the twists your mind can grasp.