Millions of people since 1977 love the Star Wars franchise, but once The Matrix (1999) arrived mere months before Episode I, there was a rise of intellectualism in science fiction films. While The Matrix Trilogy concluded with both The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and other tie-in media, Star Wars kept going, even after 1999.
The Wachowski Sisters were able to take all of these different philosophy movements, films, manga, anime and video games to help create an underrated film trilogy (not just the 1999 film that influenced many).
The Architect’s (Helmut Bakaitis) monologue by the end of The Matrix Reloaded is very brilliant and effectively replaces the quintessential action sequence.
The conflict of the Matrix trilogy is more or less grey versus grey except for Neo (Keanu Reeves) and the Smith Virus (Hugo Weaving).
However, what made Star Wars pale in comparison is that it just uses black and white, but most effectively in the Prequel Trilogy (1999-2005).
There are a lot of intellectual films in a post-2003 world, but re-watching The Matrix trilogy, the Animatrix, scenes of Enter the Matrix (2003) and gameplay of Path of Neo (2005) will make you think much more than the Original Trilogy (1977-1983) of Star Wars.