The original Tron was something of a watershed in my youth. I knew after watching that movie that I was going to be a geek and was happy about my decision. Something about Frisbees and black-lights mesmerized a 10 year old me and then there was that whole “OMG! A computer drew that!” portion that was so amazing (as a side note, only about 15 minutes of the film are actually computer generated).
Fast forward nearly 30 years and we have Tron Legacy. When I first heard this was coming out, I admit it – I squee’d. A LOT. The build up to yesterday was almost unbearable. I watched the trailers, but avoided any discussion of the film because I didn’t want to ruin anything.
Like its predecessor, Tron Legacy was almost purely eye candy. The ‘grid’ is shiny, and neon filled, and simply beautiful. I caught myself thinking that I could live in that world because of its beauty. The costumes were sexy. The more subdued circuitry, skin tight leather, and a mix of flowing robes with lighted interiors simply worked.
The light cycles were impressive (I wish there would have been more with the retro cycle, that one was uber-sexy), the ‘grid’ amazing, and even the discs had a lethal look to them. The fight scenes were no “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, but were enjoyable enough.
Then there was the plot. Or at least, I think there was a plot. I got the distinct feeling that the storyline was done by committee as it was predictable, disjointed, thin, and 100% unbelievable – pretty much just like the first movie. Instead of carefree Flynn from the first movie, Jeff Bridges plays “Angry, Petulant Flynn” and “Digital Lebowski”.
I’m not kidding about that either. At some point, the writers assumed that Flynn not only created a digital world, but digitized a bong factory and a massive marijuana growing facility of which he must be the sole member of the Quality Assurance department.
Then there were the political pot shots thrown in (Software should be FREE! Unlike this movie which we think you should pay to see and Hey dad, the outside world has melting ice caps, unnecessary wars, and the rich are getting richer) which made me roll my eyes. Parrots put more feeling into what they recite than Hollywood can be bothered to do.
Make no mistake about it. When it comes out on Blu-ray, my geeky ass will be standing in line to pick it up so I can watch it frame by frame and drool. But the movie itself was ho-hum with an unbelievable plot and actors who felt more artificial than the world they supposedly inhabited. Pretty much just like the first film.
I give it 3 out of 5 marbles.