I review the remaining 100 minutes of Tron: Legacy

Tron: Legacy. Directed by Joseph Kosinski

Probably the kindest thing I can say about Tron: Legacy is that it has quite a bit in common with it’s predecessor, in that that movie didn’t make much sense either.  However, the original Tron did have it’s charms. Charms that Tron: Legacy decided it could do without.

In short, this movie is an unholy mess.

Now, I’ve never run a multi-billion dollar entertainment conglomerate, so I would never presume to second guess the fine folks at Disney, but hiring someone WHO HAS NEVER DIRECTED A FEATURE FILM BEFORE might not have been the step I would have taken if I wanted to launch a new franchise that I thought could equal Pirates or Avatar.

The one thing this movie doesn’t lack (other than bad acting, a horrible script, and also credit for being the only movie I’ve ever seen that made me hate Michael Sheen) is ambition. The movies that this movie THINKS it is are very good sci-fi epics: Blade RunnerThe Matrix, and The Fifth Element. The sad reality is that the movies that this film actually resembles (Battlefield Earth, Tim Burton’s Planet Of The Apes, Star Wars: Phantom Menace come to mind) are not very good sci-fi epics, and unfortunately neither is this.

Now, there is something of a plot here. Kind of. But the best favour you could do the movie is to not ask too many questions about it, or even think too hard about it. This film had a lot of things going for it at first, the least of which is a rabid fanboy audience that wanted a GREAT Tron sequel. Unfortunately, Legacy never realizes that potential, and instead delivers a hackneyed “Messiah for a digital age” cliche that we’ve seen before, and in fact saw in Tron itself almost 30 years ago.

The “good”:

  • A few interesting special effects, with most of them being in the initial fight scene
  • The score by Daft Punk, which is pretty much a love letter to the scores of early ’80’s John Carpenter films.

The bad:

  • Plot that doesn’t make sense at all, and that still seems 5 years out of date in regards to current technology.
  • A lifeless lead actor in Garrett Hedlund, who somehow makes Hayden Christianson look like Al Pacino
  • The incredibly poor decision to make/let Jeff Bridges pull out “The Dude” at the climax of the movie.
  • The score by Daft Punk, which is pretty much a love letter to the scores of early ’80’s John Carpenter films.
  • The beginning, middle, and end.

Rating: D-

This review was originally posted at: http://www.futureshopforums.ca/t5/Tech-Blog/I-review-the-remaining-100-minutes-of-Tron-Legacy/ba-p/258990

 

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END OF LINE, PROGRAM! I review 23 Minutes of Tron: Legacy!

Ok, here’s how this is supposed to work. Disney lets a bunch of people watch 23 minutes of their upcoming megablockbuster Tron: Legacy two months before it comes out, and we’re supposed to rush to our computers and gush about it like a 10 year old at a Justin Bieber concert.

Except that reviewing a movie based on 20 minutes of footage is like trying to tell how hot someone is by looking at the back of their knee.

Don’t get me wrong. The footage looks amazing. But you knew that it would. There’s no way that Disney would allow so much of a finished product so important to their bottom line to be released so early if that footage wasn’t truly fantastic. And it is. The footage I saw was everything you would want in an epic adventure movie, and the special effects really defy honest description. But again, this wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was how important story and character seemed to be to the footage I saw. Director Joseph Kosinski seems to understands that at the end of the day, what matters is engaging character arcs, and the footage I saw definitely reflected that.

I can’t really review this footage the way I would review a finished movie, but what I can tell you is that I want to see more. Badly. Dec. 17 can’t come soon enough.

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/disney/tronlegacy/

Originally posted at http://www.futureshopforums.ca/t5/Tech-Blog/END-OF-LINE-PROGRAM-I-review-23-minutes-of-footage-from-Tron/ba-p/235014