I must admit that I never saw the original Tron, but I’ve heard several things about it. At the time it was made, it was the most advanced in visual effects. I’m still up to checking it out. As for my anticipation for Tron Legacy, I really wasn’t too excited for it. Don’t get me wrong, the trailers and advertisements looked promising, but it just didn’t click with me. But I got a chance to see it yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised.
The film is GORGEOUS. I was in awe every moment we were in this world. While I wouldn’t say that the visuals kick Avatar out of the park, but I got the same feeling watching the visuals in this movie that I did when I watched Avatar. This world is brought to life on screen, and you begin to blend into the environment.
I was a little worried before seeing this because of Garrett Hedlund, who while not a bad actor has really never impressed me (his best role was in Four Brothers and he even got knocked out by Tyrese Gibson. That says a lot). And while he doesn’t give a legendary performance here either, he does a pretty good job. Jeff Bridges of course is awesome as usual, and lights up the screen everytime he’s onscreen. But a smaller role that I really enjoyed was Michael Sheen. I will admit that he was overacting, but his character was very enjoyable and funny.
Daft Punk does the score for this movie, and it is beyond excellent. Not only does it sound great, it makes you feel like you are in this world. And the sound design is incredible as well.
Holy Jesus, the action scenes were awesome!
While most of the visual effects were incredible, there was one little detail that really annoyed me: the face of CGI Jeff Bridges. It looked AWFUL, and it looked CGI. It also kinda reminded me of The Polar Express, were the movements were right, but the eyes just looked dead. It was an incredible mess. Good thing the rest were good.
While the actors are pretty good, the dialogue felt off at times. I especially felt this from Olivia Wilde, which is weird to say seeing as earlier this year she was a huge Oscar contender.
I was intrigued to find out that Tron is actually a character in a sense. And he’s not even used that much in the movie. That didn’t sit too well with me.
While it does have it’s flaws, the good outweighs the bad so much that it overcomes these flaws. Tron Legacy is a fun, visually beautiful film. I wish I could’ve seen the original Tron before seeing this, but I’m definitely going to be seeing it soon. The visuals were stunning, Daft Punk’s music brought the world to life (and might find its way onto my IPod), and overall I was completely entertained.
I give Tron Legacy a strong 8/10.