Monday, December 20, 2010

"Tron: Legacy" - If Disney and The Dude go digital, I'm going with them: B+

It was a cold and rainy Sunday morning as I stumbled into the 10:00am showing for “Tron: Legacy.” Armed with Sunny-D and a bag of sprinkled donuts, I settled in and prepared to be immersed in The Grid…

I’m not going to be able to accurately describe what I saw, but it was amazing. I really felt like I was dropped into a video game. Everything about the digital world of The Grid was sci-fi perfection. The outfits, the hair, the androgyny - all of it was exactly how I imagined it would be.

“Tron: Legacy” was a Disney mash-up of the greatest sci-fi movies of our generation. A lot of key elements in the movie reminded me of such films as “The Fifth Element,” “Star Wars: Episode I,” “The Matrix,” and “Blade Runner.”

The acting wasn’t too terrible, much to my surprise. The Dude was the true star of the show, hands down! What’s great about Jeff Bridges is that he’s always Jeff Bridges. I’m really glad that Disney didn’t try to censor his Dude-ness. The first time he ended a sentence with ‘man’ I was tickled inside. I was also pleased with Michael Sheen’s appearance as Zeus (did anyone else pick up on his similarity with The Merovingian from “Matrix: Reloaded”?) as I was not expecting to see him. Although I don’t particularly care for Olivia Wilde, she did a pretty good job as the last Iso, Cora. But what was up with her annoying evil laugh every time she was behind the wheel?

Moving on to the 3D: it was alright. I was a bit bummed, because I figured the 3D was going to really enhance my experience. But I feel like I could have watched it in 2D and written this exact same review.

I’m realizing now that this review sounds a bit negative. I really had a great time watching “Tron: Legacy.” It’s rare to go to the movies and be completely engulfed by the fictional world in front of you. This movie did a wonderful job of that. I guess I just feel a bit cheated, because I wanted nothing more than to watch 2 hours of light-cycle races and disk wars. Is anyone else upset about this? It’s as if Disney said, ‘Let’s give the nerds what they want and then move on.’ But I’m a nerd!!! And I wanted to see some more Programs get derezzed, man!

P.S. - Props to Daft Punk! I'm definitely getting my hands on the soundtrack...


  1. See I had problem with the new Tron. I'm hopelessly devoted to the original, so I don't know what I was expecting. Didn't seem like Tron to me as much as a tech based sci-fi flick

  2. Maybe I'm not a real TRON fan, but I enjoyed 'Legacy' much more than the original.


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