TRON: Legacy arrived on Blu-Ray and DVD a couple of weeks ago, and though we shunned the movie while in the theaters, we sat down to take a look at Disney’s return visit to an old fan fave.
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Kevin Flynn/CLU: Jeff Bridges
Sam Flynn: Garrett Hedlund
Quorra: Olivia Wilde
Alan Bradley/TRON: Bruce Boxleitner
Jarvis: James Frain
Gem: Beau Garrett
Castor: Michael Sheen
Rinzler: Anis Cheura
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Release Date: 2010
Complete credit list
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father’s creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.
THAT OTHER MOVIE
One needs to be relatively old in order to remember the original TRON movie, but the filmmakers did an excellent job of getting everyone up to speed in the first moments of the film. We learn of Flynn’s disappearance, the growth of Encom, the son who took his father’s leaving really hard.
And then we get to see Sam discover the truth, and reconnect with his father in the Grid – the virtual world of the computers. Though it has been nearly 30 years since the original, the plot elements in TRON: Legacy parallel the original very closely. Hero finds himself inside The Grid, Hero escapes, Hero fights the system, eventually taking down the machine… While I’m not a big fan of remakes, that is exactly what this movie feels like. Sure the story has been properly tweaked to make it feel like a continuation.
One of the elements that I really didn’t care for in the original was the god/religious aspects of the story. Instead of the user as god, this story touches more on evolution, Zen philosophy, good versus evil, death and rebirth.
JAW DROPPING VISUALS
The visuals in the movie are outstanding. Jaw-dropping in their execution, as a virtual world is brought to life on the screen. There are so many subtle elements that the effects team really deserve more credit than they’ve received for every frame in the film.
One of the most talked about aspects of the movie were the virtual younger version of Jeff Bridges as CLU and Bruce Boxleitner as TRON. The idea behind creating a younger version of older actors is a great concept. However, it only kind of worked. The biggest tell in the de-aging of Flynn is in the mouth movement – the lip-syncing looks too rigid and stiff to look like the skin of a young man. Still, it is a a great process, and one that will become a staple in motion pictures.
I also like the little nods to the original movie’s visuals, though I was rather surprised tweaks to costumes and props were made to conform to this movie’s visuals. But let’s face it, the original movie, while groundbreaking in the day, really doesn’t stand up to the expectation of today’s audiences.
THE DVD COLLECTION
For those that fell in love with the theatrical 3-D release, Disney has a combo-pack for you. Not only do viewers get to see TRON: Legacy in high definition, viewers also get the Blu-Ray 3D DVD release, a digital copy of the film, plus the original TRON movie in one bundle. It’s a great collection for a great price.
BOTTOM LINE: NOT BAD
Though I had some real misgivings about this movie from the beginning, when I finally had a chance to sit down and view the movie away from all the hype, away from all the press, and most importantly, enjoying the movie my own home theater away from the noise and hassle of the crowds, I actually enjoyed the heck out of TRON: Legacy. It’s an update to a classic, and is a fun adventure movie. The music rocks, the visuals are great, and story isn’t half bad. Overall, TRON: Legacy is worth a look and earns 3.5 out of 5 Stars.