I had my balls rocked by Tron Legacy. I don’t mean to be disgusting, but if that kind of statement grosses you out this isn’t the blog for you. Regardless, I loved the shit out of the new Tron. Is it perfect? Crom, no. It’s got a lot of problems. For me, the good outweighed any of the bad and I was able to escape in one of the most pure nerd fantasies I’ve seen in a long time. It was satisfiying in the popcorn fueled funfest way that I had wished that the Transformer or G.I. Joe movies would have been.
As usual, I’m not going into full on review mode. I’m going to hit you up on some of my thoughts in bullet point form. You know, like a review, but for retarded people. Also please note that this thing is written with the idea that you either saw the film or don’t give a crap about spoilers.
The 3D was nice, but…: …it wasn’t necessary. I don’t think 3D is ever necessary, but I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out watching it in 2D. This is completely the opposite of Avatar, which relies solely on the joy of the extra dimension. I believe this makes Tron Legacy a better film in respect to how it holds up without the extra bell/whistle.
It’s the Ultimate Nerd Fantasy: Tron is blatantly a nerd fantasy. Dude goes into a computer, gets a fancy electronic boomerang, rides an awesome motorcycle, shoots guns on a space fighter looking thing, gets a hot chick, AND brings her back to the real word. You can’t fulfill any more wishes than that.
Tron (the franchise) was Way More Successful in the Film: While it’s understandable that a young Sam Flynn would be obsessed with Tron and have everything Tron is his room, I got the impression that the Tron franchise in the movie was way more successful than Tron in real life. It was like a wish fulfillment for Disney. This is even more evident by a brief appearance of a Black Hole poster. No kid in 1989 would have a Black Hole poster.
The Grid was Too Real: While the Grid (or Tron world) looked awesome, there were some details that made it a little too real. Why was their rain? Or clouds of exhaust?
Helmets: I love me some bad guys wearing helmets and looking all bad ass. Just look at my massive Star Wars and G.I. Joe collections that focus on the helmeted bad guys like Boba Fett. Tron has bad asses galore, but there is one downside to this. I had a hard time at points identifying the Darth Vader like character Rizler from the standard guards.
Olivia Wilde is Hot: I’m wild about Olivia Wilde. Get it!? Seriously, she’s awesome in this flick and I really liked her character.
It Falls Apart if You Think Too Much: Oh boy. Little people running around in a city inside your computer? It really stretches your suspension of disbelief, and then the idea that those computer people could enter our world? Well, I can see a lot of people not falling for it. Thankfully, I’ve seen crazier shit in sci-fi, so I was able to shut up and go along with it.
Amazing Music: Daft Punk really nailed it on this film, giving the perfect feeling for the film. Even better was an appearance by Journey in Flynn’s Arcade. I got full on nerd boner as soon as I realized they were playing the same Journey song you hear in the original film.
Young Jeff Bridges is… well… : So the young CGI Jeff Bridges works, except at certain times. Most notably when there are two of them on the screen. My buddy Reid from Light Within Light pointed out that he looks good until he opens his mouth. The mouth movements give it away a bit. Still, for the purposes of a film that’s almost all eye candy it works well enough.
No Rejuvenation for the Grid: Another thing that I thought would be cool was that if at the end the outlying area would light up and be all sparkly new again like in the original. I think that would have solidified the change from horrible, oppressive, and bleak regime to a new dawn sort of a thing.
Entering the World of Tron was a Bit of a Let-down: In the original Tron there’s this nifty, somewhat psychedelic entry into the world of Tron after Jeff Bridges is scanned by the laser. I was looking forward to seeing what they would do with today’s technology plus the use of 3D. There was nothing. One minute your in the real world, the next you’re in Tron world. Lame.
Now that I’ve gotten the official Robot’s Pajamas thoughts out there, what did you think of Tron Legacy?