A Legacy Better Than Most

The long-awaited sequel is here. Tron: Legacy. Do you recall how imaginitive, pioneering, and new the original Tron film was back in 1982? The newest film is one that gives Hollywood an idea as to what direction sequels should take! Tron: Legacy succeeds in many ways!

Here’s what’s great about the film. Visually, this movie is spectacular! Not as groundbreaking as the original, but it is better looking by far! The acting of Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, and, yes, even Olivia Wilde (who is, shall we say, “acting-challenged”) was far above the quality of acting present in the first Tron. (I didn’t say that they were all great though…Michael Sheen’s performance leaves something to be desired….). Tron lovers will find this film enjoyable as it is a great continuation of the original story. A strength of this film is the fact that even if you don’t remember much of Tron (or never watched it for that matter) you can still enjoy Tron: Legacy and understand what is going on. The film lays out some great backstory in order to catch you up to speed with the events that transpired decades ago.

Original Tron

Something else this film accomplishes is a good job at reverse-aging Jeff Bridges by ~30 years!!! Almost unbelievable, the way in which Bridges looks in this film. Sometimes it does detract due to how he looks, but it works overall. Leave it to Tron to always try to do something to stay ahead of the game when it comes to technology in the movies! But, not only do they bring out great technology in this film, they also bring out a well-founded relationship between Flynn and his son. This relationship between the two was highly believable and engrossing as Sam has been searching for and wondering about his father since his strange disappearance 20 years ago!

While the film is both fun and visually pleasing it does present a few problems. Unfortunately, several situations end up being predictable. After the end of the film, I looked over at my friend, Meccadawn, and said “I saw all of that happening!” He agreed. Surprise reveals ended up not being surprising at all, really. Definitely not the mystery caper of the year! Also, the action scenes in general lacked a sense of greater pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping thrill that other action movies bring nowadays. Another slight disappoint is the fact that the 3D was advertised as being super great and new when in reality not many scenes at all really showcase the 3D features in this film. Go see it in 2D.

For those of you who love the band Daft Punk, you will enjoy their music and cameos in the film.

Other fun things about the movie: Light Cycles (well, all of the light vehicles), The story (wish they would’ve explained the grid just a little bit more), and the action. The movie leaves a few cliffhangers and unexplained occurences that, unfortunately, do not get resolved….leaving room for an already rumored third part to the Tron adventure. We will just have to wait and see.

Tron: Legacy is a fun movie! I am glad I got to see it. Would recommend watching the original still prior to going to see it. Tron: Legacy pays tribute to the original Tron film several times throughout the film, allowing for an even greater connection to be made.

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy Watching!

TheSp1der’s Score: overall: 7.5 out of 10 stars “Tron: Legacy

up next: finally, review for Chronicles of Narnia and Buried

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13 comments

  1. I look forward to seeing this. Since it is the directors debut making feature films i’m interested. Especially since I love the Gears of War trailers he made, most notably the Gears of War mad world trailer.

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  2. Glad you enjoyed this one, T, I’m looking fwd to it myself but not sure when I’ll get to see it, hopefully next weekend. I forgot Michael Sheen is in this, usually I like him as a supporting actor.

    Btw, thanks again for your guest post! It’ll be posted on the 23rd.

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    • I did enjoy it myself! Michael Sheen did well, i just wish there would have been a little more to his part!
      I hope you enjoy your vacay! I will still be reading your page everyday! 🙂 Merry Christmas!!

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  3. i did not like it the first time it took me two times to really enjoy it because i am such a fan of the classic but watching a second time i did like it and i will buy it when i comes out and it will most definitely be a blu-ray buy and that is the best praise i can give it but like the sp1der said it was a little predictable. also i would like to see……

    (THIS IS A SPOLER ALERT)…..

    what happens to Tron because they kind of left you with him changing his color back to blue.

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  4. SPOILERS

    From what I understand, water in that world is energy. And Tron clearly wasn’t dead. My assumption is that in the next film Tron will probably start the grid back up, or something along those lines.

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  5. I finally got a chance to see TL today and, needless to say, was very impressed. The visual effects were stunning, acting was great, and 3D (when used) was phenomenal. I must admit that despite the visuals, story, and action, I was most captured by the themes present. Themes with religious, ethical, political, and technological messages about “the Human Condition”. I loved the revisiting of the “where are the Gods?” and “”who should hold the power?” questions made in the first film, especially concerning a Creator’s responsibility to his creations. And fortunately, unlike the first TRON (which was way ahead of its time), TRON LEGACY will definitely be better recieved by smarter audiences who don’t need to stop and ask “What the heck is a Program/ROM/Grid/ISO/Data stream?”
    This film has a reserved place on my DVD rack, right in between its predecessor, TRON and my good old NES.

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    • MarvelManiac!!! Thanks for stopping by! I am glad you liked Tron: Legacy! Quite a few people have been telling me that they will be reserving a spot for it in their blu-ray collection! A nice compliment, no doubt, to the visual beauty of the film and tribute to the cult-classic original.

      Thanks for the comment!

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    • I am glad that you got to see it! I am also glad that you enjoyed it so much. Nice call out on the present themes in the film. A lot of viewers will get caught up in the visual effects or the lack of great acting and bypass the themes you mentioned. Nice eye!

      and thanks for the comment!

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