Tron: Legacy Review
Updated on December 17, 2010, 8:00 PM - Written by Tim Buttner
I had a lot of anticipation for Tron: Legacy that was well placed. I expected the story to be as it was and ended up enjoying the movie. Sadly I am disappointed with the story, but it matters only a small amount because it at least accomplished what it and its predecessor set out to accomplish. This is an effects driven movie. There's no other way to say it, and it's because the movie is supposed to be a thrill ride that it remains interesting. I applaud the change from 2D to 3D and believe it paid tribute to The Wizard of Oz in an emotional way. Maybe the ending also served that, but I was still a little perplexed because of the nonsensical plot.
The pacing was off a bit, but that is on the story front... and I think the first-time director (Joseph Kosinski) was more focused on the visuals than the audience's connection. The screenwriter's did well with the similarities the prophecies about our computer world, and Olivia Wilde's character Quorra was the most fresh and interesting character. I believe that Wilde had the best performance out of the entire cast, as Jeff Bridges did feel like The Dude and a weird younger double who desperately needs anger management. It was great seeing him on the screen and doing such a fascinating franchise, but I wish he had demanded more from the script. At least he has the Coen Brother's True Grit to make up for this. Garrett Hedlund did fine as Sam, but the character was a little off— "That's a big door." Did he need to say the same thing his father said to Alan in the first movie? Garrett got stuck with some awful dialogue in this film, and I think he could have benefited from some more attention from the director.
Focusing on the positive of the film's experience we come to its most important aspect... the journey. The visuals make the cut and the digital world benefited from 3D wonderfully, but the sound design was insanely awesome. Daft Punk's score is going to give Hans Zimmer's Inception score a run at the Oscars this year. The digital world felt real enough, and the movie accomplishes this well beyond any hopes. Was the 3D better than Avatar? It was equal in my book because each used 3D in a unique way. Avatar was slightly more natural and down to Earth, while Tron was far more synthetic. But it felt great. I liked the way that Tron used geometry to its advantage. The end chase was the best use of 3D in the whole movie, although Kevin's revelation that Tron is still alive is fascination and was at least a nice little "I fight for the users" moment.
Overall the experience is worth one viewing in the best 3D venue one kind find, but don't go expecting to be moved by the story's brilliance. I liked the movie as much as I did the first, and that counts to the fact that it still is innovative and smart in concept.
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