Tron Legacy Reviews
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Joseph Kosinski's belated sequel to the 1982 cult classic TRON does suffer from bland characterisation, poor use of CGI to deage Jeff Bridges at a time when visual effects had not advanced enough to create a convincing effect, and not fully exploring it's ideas about AI from a video game gaining independance from it's programming.
However the stunning visual updates to the Grid, Claudio Miranda's use of cinematography throughout the new incarnations of the infamous games such the light-cycle racing and disk throwing wars, Daft Punk's Blade Runner inspired electronic score and Jeff Bridges's heartfelt performance as an older Kevin Flynn, is what makes TRON: Legacy a game worth playing on it's own terms...
I know we probably won't see a third Tron movie but I will keep my hopes up.
This is one of my favorite films, aesthetically speaking. Everything looks absolutely incredible. And the Daft Punk soundtrack perfectly completes the futuristic feel of the film. The relationship between Sam and his father, the depiction of both Flynns, and the inevitable tension between them, provides solid human weight to the movie. Adding to that, the idea of the "villain" being a mirror version of the old "hero", a "perfect" version, who is merely following his programming, is great. To top it off, Olivia Wilde is mesmerizing as Quorra, who by her existence alone provides more emotional moments in bringing up questions about human nature, what it means to be a sentient being, and the relationships we can have with such beings.
Tron Legacy isn't as bad as the critics say it is. There are really good visuals and CGI, but can visuals alone make a film, No. Tron legacy tries to be an epic by all means, but leaves a lot of voids. Watching Trom can sometimes be as boring as living in the world of Tron. This film is sometimes good, otherwise boring. Tron should have been given a G rating, not a PG rating because there is not even a kissing scene here! That's good.
- story and characters
This has to be seen on big screen. Otherwise its pointlless.
Take it as a 90minute Daft Punk soundtrack.
3/5 (fans of daft punk and scifi)
1/ 5 for othres
This movie came out when I was 10, and it absolutely wow'd me. The special effects and action sequences were spectacular. But back then, I didn't really pay attention to the plot or any character development. It was basically just waiting for the next cool scene.
Looking back on it now, TRON Legacy has a pretty dull plot, not to mention an incredibly anti-climatic ending. When I first saw it, I was incredibly confused. I left the theater wondering what the heck happened at the end. The movie didn't even attempt to explain what happened to Kevin Flynn, Tron, or even the Grid itself. Did everyone die? Did the Grid reset, erasing everything that was created in that computer? If you expected the movie to have a closing monologue or even a conversation between two of the protagonists about that, you'd be wrong.
The plot itself was pretty lack luster too. Everything is extremely predictable and led to pretty boring plot twists. Zeus turning out to be a supporter of CLU is eye-rolling, and TRON turning out to be alive is obvious from the start. Another annoying thing about the plot is the goal for the protagonists. The portal to the real world is incredibly far away just 'because'. The movie attempts to explain that Kevin Flynn didn't want any computer programs slipping into the real world, but then says that they need his disc to return anyways. Kind of defeats the purpose of having it far away if no one can go through it anyways.
Probably the most annoying problem with the film is Kevin Flynn. He's too god-like, to put it bluntly. There's no practically no suspense whenever he's with the Sam and Quorra. The other problem with him is that he isn't the goofy smart-ass like he is in the original movie. He's suddenly a wise, non-compulsive, pacifist because the script demanded it (errr, I mean because he's old), completely destroying any character development from the previous movie. It just boils down to 'stupid'.
Let's focus on a positive. The soundtrack to this movie is AMAZING. Whoever signed Daft Punk to this movie deserves way more credit that they got. This is seriously one of the top movie soundtracks ever in my opinion.
Overall, I still love this movie. It has so many cool scenes that I can't call it a terrible movie. Sure, it's certainly a 'meh' movie with lots of issues, but for anyone who lacks mindless action sequences, definitely consider this movie.
The Master Control Program is booted back up in this revamped Tron continuation that sees the return of original star Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn, the brilliant computer programmer whose disappearance leads his son, Sam (Garrett Hedlund), to search for him in and out of the computer world.
"Tron: Legacy", starring CGI Jeff Bridges and awkward conversations galore. Besides that and a handful of other things, this wasn't too terrible. It's certainly not one of Disney's top films but it's not their worst. There's a lot left to be desired here and I think this film could've been really special, but it ultimately felt squandered by cheap visual effects and an incoherent, kind of boring story.
One thing that is great is the color scheme and overall vibe this movie gave. I say vibe and I kind of shake my head, but it's true. There's an atmosphere, and ambiance created through the use of visual effects that makes the film fun. I think this film looks very nice. I wouldn't count that up to the cinematography like most people would, but rather the special effects team.
One thing that was really weak was the story. I mean, you have all the potential in the world to set up this action packed adventure where this other dimension exists inside the computer world. It honestly felt too slow at the beginning and too rushed at the end. The story wasn't coherent and the pacing lacked. I think there was potential for a much more fun story here, but it was honestly boring and I wasn't that attached to it.
While I think this film looks good on some levels, it also looks kind of cheesy. I think that the young, CGI Jeff Bridges was just way too much. I don't think he was animated that well and it just took me out of the moment every time he appeared. I don't think it was a terrible idea but they could've modified the story to make it just as interesting, but more appropriate. I mean come on, did you really think that would work?
I also thought the choreography was kind of weak and the blocking could've used work. For a film that's excitement comes from its action / adventure scenes, I thought there was a lot left to be desired. Most adventures here just felt pretty weak and lifeless. There was no real fun to be had because they were either shot weirdly, choreographed badly, or just not that well written.
In the end, this really isn's a terrible film, I'm just more vocal on the negatives than I am on the positives. I think you can have some fun in this film but it won't be a lot. It's not like this film is so terrible that you can't watch it, but it certainly isn't the most brightest flick out there.