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: