Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Tron: Legacy
Not As Bad As You'd Think

Tron Legacy is the sequel taking place 28 years after the original. There have been a lot of bad reviews. Mostly from nerd websites. They argue about every little detail. In reality, this is a summer blockbuster released at Christmas. But I would like to thank those critics, because they lowered the expectations enough that I could enjoy the movie.

The biggest problem with this movie is the Uncanny Valley issue. Having a digital version of a younger Jeff Bridges would be fine if it was only in the computer world. But they open with him digitally younger too. So right off the bat, you're taken out of the movie. Starring at this creepy wax face.

But once we get into "the Grid" things move at a brisk pace. There are the familiar settings. Light bike races. Escaping to outside the grid. Fighting back. It's all enjoyable. It looks cool. I didn't really feel there were any cringe worthy parts. Hey, it's much better than the original (although not that much, I guess, since it is bad).

Tron Legacy does suffer from recent film issues of "setting up the series". There are a lot of loose threads. Lines of dialog and characters that are introduced and forgotten. You know they're leaving a lot doors open so they don't have to wait another 28 years to make a sequel.

Did you enjoy it?
I did.

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?
Eh. Maybe if I had a 3D television.

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?
But of course.


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