Blog #7: Movie Review: Tron: Legacy

I’ve put up two blogs this week.  Don’t miss Blog # 8.

I saw Tron: Legacy on Friday.  Thursday night, I dug up my VHS tape of Tron to watch the original.  I really didn’t need to watch it again.  I watched it so many times when I was a kid, that I’ve got it nearly memorized.  The tape had three other old movies on it, recorded off the Disney Channel in the 1980’s, Old Yeller, Kidnapped, and The Secrets of the Pirates’ Inn.  It brings back memories.  I must have watched this tape a thousand times.  Unfortunately, when I looked at the tape, I found that the black part of the tape, I don’t know what it’s called, had flaked off, and bits of it were falling out.  A bit disappointing that I didn’t get to watch Tron, even more so that I’ve likely seen Kidnapped and the Secret of the Pirate’s Inn for the last time.  I’m sure I can find a copy of Old Yeller if I want to.  Anyway, now on to Tron: Legacy.

No spoilers section.

The only way to describe this movie is visually stunning.  They’ve done an amazing job of updating the look of the original, while maintaining the same aesthetic.  It looked amazing.  I loved the story, it was very believable within the framework set down by the original.

As has been seen in the trailer, they created a digital version of Jeff Bridges at 30 years old.  It was absolutely unbelievable.  It makes me wonder what other old movies could get sequels in the future even though the actors are too old to play themselves.  (Star Wars, Episode 7, anyone?)  I know everyone thinks Avatar was the most amazing effects movie ever, blah, blah, blah.  I would take Tron: Legacy over Avatar any day.

The spoilers section, don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled.

I have heard some people say that there wasn’t enough to the story, that the relationship between Kevin Flynn and his son Sam wasn’t as developed as it could have been.  I don’t agree.  While they could have done more, I think they did it just right, leaving room for more in the next sequel, which I believe they left to door open for.

My biggest worry about this movie was that Tron wouldn’t actually play any part in the movie.  Early on, it didn’t occur to me that Rinzler was Tron.  It makes perfect sense though.  What better way for Clu to usurp his creator than turn Tron, Kevin’s greatest ally, against him.  I just hope that Tron will be back in another sequel.

There are a couple of questions that never got answered.  Who paged Alan?  Tron didn’t assert himself against Clu’s reprogramming until the end, so I don’t think it could have been him.  Neither Kevin, nor Clu sent the page.  Unless I missed something, that’s a big unanswered question and along with Sam keeping his father’s “disk”, I think there is plenty of room for a sequel.

The other question I have is this.  If a user on the grid can still bleed, then what exactly is Quorra in the real world?  She can’t be flesh and blood, right?  On the other hand, if the laser can turn flesh and blood into data on the grid, maybe it can translate data on the grid into flesh and blood.  If that were the case though, why would a user on the grid bleed?  I’m probably nitpicking, but it’s an interesting question.

That’s all I’ve got for this post this week.  I’m doing a separate blog about Edaville Railroad, which should go up right after this one.  Christmas is next week, but I’ll likely be going to see Little Fockers, so expect a review of that if nothing else.  Don’t forget, my 2011 movie preview will be up on New Years Eve.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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