My review in short is: This movie kicks ass.
But let me add to that – this movie kicks ass if seen in 3-D with a spectacular sound system. Otherwise, I’m pretty sure the movie falls flat for some people watching it in non 3-D with regular sound. The same way that Avatar falls flat if you don’t actually see it in 3-D with a spectacular sound system. Although, after watching Avatar, I thought “JFC, this load of crap is Fern Gully on steriods. It’s very pretty crap, I’ll grant you that.”
Here the top three things I love about Tron Legacies:
- The soundtrack. Used in conjunction with the film, it’s beyond awesome. Of course, Daft Punk is awesome to start with, so hey – ten points!
- The effects are spectacular. In 3-D, it looks real. I felt like I was actually watching the lightcycle game in the arena. All the fight scenes were cool.
- The story is a lot deeper than the first one. In the first Tron, there were hints of religion (the Users are mythical entities that the programs worship). In the second one, it’s all about life, zen and the art of lightcycle maintenance. I find if you have a philosophical mind, you will greatly enjoy older Flynn’s digital Jedi-ness.
Some people are claiming it lacked “fun.” Did it? I don’t know because I didn’t even think about whether I was having fun during the movie and it was over before I was ready for it to be. I had fun – that being said, I was also busy thinking the entire movie. About the Isos, the Grid and CLU’s maddening obsession with perfection.
I think the problem some critics have with Tron Legacies is that – once again – fandom spoils change (see my Fallout 3 rants). Even if it’s good change, people who are fantards tend to want something more from their franchise than is possible. Tron was great for it’s time, and was an odd cult flick. However, I don’t think it’s as great as I remember it being. 20 something odd years later, you have to make a film that appeals to the younger crowd without overwhelming yourself or making a film that’s obsolete by the time it’s finished. I’m so glad it was in an isolated system not on the Internet. I don’t know how I’d feel with 4Chan, LOLCat, Facebook Tron. That would be TOO much, honestly.
Oh, one quick thing (SPOILER ALERT – highlight to read):
I knew Rinzler was Tron the moment he faced Sam. The little T under his visor was a dead give-away. And if you didn’t see it then, you should have noticed it whenever they did a flashback with Tron. He has the same white T just below his neck (four dots in a T formation). The fact that programs are afraid to enter the games (much like the one guy in the first Tron who jumps to his death instead of facing Tron) tells me they are going to fight Tron. Nice gesture to the old film.