Tron Legacy

Just had a chance to see this one.  I liked it.

See, the thing is I re-watched the original not too long ago and to be honest really not that good.  For a movie made in 1982 it sure felt like a Disney movie made in 1972 in terms of directing, story structure, and dialog.  The special effects were impressive for the time, but they suffered because of, well, everything else.

Tron Legacy, on the other hand, improved on all those points.  That’s not to say it was great, but the directing, story structure, and dialog were better than the original across the board.  Anyone who says otherwise has their nostalgia filters on.

The Jeff Bridges CGI was, indeed, truly horrible at times (passable at rare others), but it didn’t affect me much.  They did their best to minimize its use in the real world and used it mostly on CLU in the digital world.  When it was human Jeff in digital world it was in flashback with added blur.  It sucked, sure, but I didn’t let that bother me.

The action was pretty well shot – in an age where shakycam is everywhere I appreciated the fluidness of the light cycle and aerial scenes.  I thought the story was more interesting, and while the dialog won’t win any awards it’s not as painfully bland as the original.

My main disappointment is that it could have been so much better with better writing.  I saw potential, and it did okay with it, but it could have done more.

Basically, Tron Legacy isn’t a great movie, but it was enjoyable.  Especially if you go into it thinking of it like this:

Yep, that’s about it.  But there’s nothing wrong with that.
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2 thoughts on “Tron Legacy

  1. I will admit to have nostalgia blinkers on when it comes to the original. I love it unabashedly and this new film wasn’t nearly as good. Loved the visuals and Daft Punk’s soundtrack but unfortunately Garrett Hedlund who is the film’s protagonist was not a strong enough actor to carry this film. Maybe it was just that his character was poorly written. Part of the charm of the original is Jeff Bridges’ performance. He single-handledly makes the film watchable with his goofy charm and the way he interacts with all the crazy stuff he encounters in the computer world.

  2. I just don’t understand how you can say Legacy isn’t better than the original. I’m not saying that to sing the praises of Legacy but rather point out the mediocrity of the original. The only thing the first Tron had going for it was visual originality. Jeff Bridges is always fun to watch, but he really just wasn’t given much to work with here (in my opinion). He’s more engaging in the real world scenes than he is in the digital. The film is so painfully old-school Disney Live Action – something I can’t help but associate with the original Escape from Witch Mountain as an archetypal example – that it physically hurts.

    No argument from me about the protag – Garrett’s not a BAD actor, but he was pretty flat in this. You definitely needed someone with a bit more life and whimsy in them (which Jeff did pull off in the original). Olivia Wilde did a better job but didn’t have enough to do.

    With a better script this movie could have been great. It wasn’t, it was just “entertaining.” But then, when you get down to it, that’s all the original was as well.

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