The Matrix Retold, with more than 3 million views just two days since it was uploaded to YouTube, is shaking things up for the mom behind it. Online fame isn't easy to understand, but she's really happy the Internet thinks she's funny, her son says.
Joe Nicolosi's mom watching a movie is like everyone's mom watching movies — she closes her eyes during violent scenes, intrerrupts the movie to ask questions about what's going on, and mistakes Will Smith for Denzel Washington.
But it's her movie summaries she's shared with her family that are unique or, in the words of her son, "actually kind of amazing". After telling her son and husband her summary for Men in Black on a hike during the Christmas holiday near the family's home outside New York, her son knew he needed to record the next one. A few weeks ago, when Wendy Nicolosi visited him in Austin, Texas, he did.
Ms. Nicolosi's retelling of The Matrix, paired with her son's animations and uploaded to YouTube on May 1, has in just two days been viewed more than 3 million times. Why did the video do so well? Viral is hard to predict, but my guess is that the video was destined for greatness when, just 45 seconds in, she messed up the name of Laurence Fishburne's very serious, very cool character Morpheus. She called him, with confidence, Moshimo. D'aww.