Tron Legacy (2010) Mini-Review

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In 1982, Kevin Flynn succeeded in creating a virtual computer world which he could physically enter. In 1989, Flynn disappeared, leaving his 8 year old son, Sam Flynn, heir of his Encom computer empire. As adult Sam inadvertantently gets digitized into Flynn's "digital frontier", he finds things are no longer quite as rosy as the childhood stories he was told of The Grid.

Tron Legacy is a visual and musical get-together in your prefrontal lobe. Within the first five minutes, the remarkable Daft Punk soundtrack will be blasting at you as Sam rides his Ducati through the city. This is the soundtrack Daft Punk were born to make, and this is the perfect movie to go with it. Just a few days ago, I finished re-re-watching Interstella 5555, the Daft Punk anime musical that accompanied their fantastic Discovery record; I kept thinking I wanted another Daft Punk musical. As it turns out, you can consider Tron Legacy to be such a musical — a visual interpretation of the dark house tones of the tunes.

A nice point of note on the 3D — this is the best use of 3D I've seen; because most scenes aren't in 3D — it even says so before the movie.

While the music propels this movie to greatness, the film itself is a delight. Jeff Bridges is great as usual, and the director understands his mannerisms. There's even the occasional trademark Bridges "man" uttering thrown in for good measure, and it's all such a perfect fit. Jeff Bridges, gorgeous techno-world designs, booming sound-design. Light-cycles. Olivia Wilde. A reference to "Sweet dreams" by Eurythmics.  Daft Punk in soundtrack and canonized in situ. This film has got it going. I was absolutely and exhileratingly entertained for two hours, more than I've been in years. I completely love this film.

Okay, so the story isn't over the top great. There are moments — most of them — when Clu, a.k.a. digital Flynn, looks mostly rubber. At a couple of points, the pace of the film grinds just a little bit, and let's face it the concept itself isn't terribly deep. In fact, if you didn't enjoy video games in the eighties or early nineties, you're probably — most likely — going to find Tron Legacy to be confusing.

If you did enjoy videogames in the eighties or early nineties — even if you just like Daft Punk — Tron Legacy is absolutely something you should watch.

4 thoughts on “Tron Legacy (2010) Mini-Review

  1. I finally watched this last night. I really enjoyed it. I was surprised.

    Jeff Bridges was my least favorite part. “Man”, he totally defuses the tension, and repeatedly pops the fantasy’s bubble. I don’t really blame Jeff though, it was signature Disney.

    I really enjoyed the Zeus scene. There was room in the movie for more character acting and less brainless action.

    1. Lloyd Budd,

      As you can tell from the review, I loved this film, so I’m thrilled you enjoyed it.

      As I mentioned, I did appreciate them going with Jeff Bridges mannerisms, and while I see what you mean now that I think about it, I think it could be argued that it was appropriate. The “bio-digital Jazz, man” scene, perhaps the most — this took my mind back to the 70ties and 80ties where the films legacy started. Such mannerisms wouldn’t be out of place here.

      But yeah, taken against the stark, clean environments, it did feel out of place.

      Did you enjoy the music?

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