I found myself falling in love with Tron: Legacy not because I’d seen the original, because I haven’t, or due to my diehard fascination with the genre, but rather because the movie is simply amazing. Oh sure, you might think this movie isn’t for you, but if you’re looking for a roaring good time at the movies, then Tron: Legacy certainly won’t disappoint. From the get go, action is thrust in your face relentlessly and hardly ever ceases, explaining part of the movie’s overall appeal.
I went into the movie with exceedingly high expectations, mainly due to the trailer blowing my, and everyone else’s, mind out of the water. What I wanted more than anything was to receive the gift of awesomeness, and I got it. Tron: Legacy might be one of the geekiest movies to have been released in quite a while, and I say that endearingly. The sequel to one of the most popular cult science fiction movies of the last several decades, the reasons I didn’t watch the original are far and few between; from Disney being so kind as to remove Tron from Netflix to general disinterest until it was too late. Either way, watching the original is not essential in order to appreciate the latest installment to the series.
The music by Daft Punk, the awe-inspiring visuals all come together to make a movie capable of delivering an extremely powerful nerdgasm. One of the only things I was annoyed with, ignoring lack of a proper story, lay in character Sam Flynn’s, actor Garrett Hedlund’s, completely and utter understanding of how everything worked within the cyber world his father had constructed. No obstacle is too large and somehow the skills he picked up from pulling pranks on his own corporation suddenly allow him to engage in light cycle battles and disc fights without significant trouble.
Jeff Bridges, or rather the young CGI version of Jeff Bridges, Clu, comes across as an enigma. On one hand, the ability to have a CGI character running around, looking all realistic and stuff is pretty groovy, but when the special effects are not good, you can definitely tell. Since I’m talking about characters, I failed to understand why Tron himself had turned all evil. Maybe he had been corrupted, something which tends to happen to the computer programs Jeff Bridges writes, but this never gets explained. None of the characters are given depth and by the time the credits have rolled very little has actually been accomplished.
Tron: Legacy really is a high-octane, exhilarating, rush of a ride. Despite whatever flaws critics and viewers have found, openly pointing them out, the sheer scale and utter epicness of the movie overshadows it all. This just so happens to be one of those movies in where I don’t care what anyone has to say. In my eyes, I saw everything I could ever dream of seeing in such a movie. The 3-D is awesome and the music makes the movie all the more incredible, adding an electric, cyber-punk atmosphere. As you enter the theater, just have fun, because if you go in expecting a masterfully crafted blockbuster, you’ll only end up hurting your self-esteem.