I thought they were both unnecessary, you can add the new Matrix to that too, want nostalgia, watch the originalCompletely disagree with the review.
For me it was a worthy sequel/prequel/reboot.
Up there with recent Ghostbusters film, with enough of the old mixed with the new.
I'm not sold on the parody vs meta line (which is still crossed far too often for me)
The first film used 'meta' incredibly well to address long-held criticisms of these types of films - less a 'look how many movie references we can cram in', more a clever way of both acknowledging the criticisms and the genre itself, but then using them to wrong foot the audience by both subverting the tropes (two final girls? Both of whom had actually engaged in pre-marital sex? Two killers?) and then using the tropes themselves to wink at the audience who is then expecting them to be subverted (the going to the basement alone for beer? I'll be right back?????).What's the distinction between parody and meta? Both rely on recognition of popular culture tropes that help audiences feel "smart" because the "get it." Yet getting it doesn't typically demand that much of audiences, other than retaining some memory of highly familiar texts.
That's why I find postmodernism increasingly tedious. If all that's left on offer is a lazy rehashing of popular texts, in ways that call back in not particularly subtle or engaging fashion, we're left with an industry with a near fatal absence of creativity.
Having spent huge sums acquiring intellectual property rights, all that's left for what we might loosely term Hollywood is an unending exploitation of the familiar. I'm perhaps in a minority of one who never wants to watch a superhero movie again.