May 18, 2003
What is Cornel West doing in the Matrix Reloaded?
I admit, I didn't recognize him as Councillor West, but I did note the solid representation of African-Americans in the film. Look for him to maybe throw down some rhymes in Matrix Revolution! in a few months.
Posted by tmonkey at May 18, 2003 11:22 PM
I recognized him but could not believe my eyes. At least there was one surprise in the movie. Apparenly the Time magazine story spent some time on Dr. West's appearance.
I had a whole theory going when the first one came out that it was at some level a parable about race in America...though Kevin insisted that it was just too much graduate school on my part.
Kio: how so? (the parable, not the too much graduate school)
One of the few things I really liked about Matrix Reloaded was the cast; very black and brown, in the casual way that makes it seem like a reasonable future, not a contrived one. Great performances from unknown actors all around; it's the known ones that chew the scenery. Or whatever the phrase is.
Gloria Foster as the Oracle did more acting with one eyelid than did the rest of the cast (or shall we say, "green-screen chewers"?).
I don't remember exactly how it went (since I haven't watched it in, oh, say, a few months) but it had to do with the combination of the blackness of the cast (yes, the Oracle! just the gravel in her voice alone) and the heavy rhetoric of slavery and freedom. I feel like in America, you can't invoke those ideas without also by definition invoking the idea of race. Something like that. Details elude me...no coffee yet.