Anything lacking in TRON: LEGACY lies squarely at the feet of the story. And, while the story isn’t the strongest in the world, and the dialogue may be occasionally grating, it exceeds in all other departments.
After all the hate people were piling on the thing I wasn’t really expecting much. I mean, I was still excited. I’ve wanted to see this for quite some time. The first TRON, while also flawed, it a lot of fun. I think the fans of the first (i.e. mostly vocal nerd types) ended up idolizing it to the point that they were expecting…I dunno…something close to perfection with this.
What it is instead is your standard Hollywood fare. And I found it to be a lot of fun. I really, really enjoyed it. A lot. Yes, some of the plot was a bit obtuse and overwrought. There were some bits of dialogue that felt forced (probably added by someone higher up). And I found the final scene to make the whole experience a bit flat.
Joseph Kosinski is an impressive director, to say the least. Every frame and angle and shot and movement and set is so carefully orchestrated and designed, all without ever feeling technical or cold. It was refreshing to see an action film approached with such clear vision. And this is his first film! His first work of fiction! His background in architecture definitely brings something unique to the table. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in the future. Hopefully part of that will be getting a better control for the emotion and heart.
Needless to say the look of the film is, for lack of a better word, incredible. It’s gorgeous in every way. The 3D is beautiful, and subtly used, and not tacked on after the fact. And the score by Daft Punk couldn’t be more perfect for the film. Jeff Bridges also brings more to his performance than I thought possible for this kind of movie.
Not perfect, or course. While Clu/young Flynn looks amazing as a still image, or in very brief shots, it simply doesn’t work beyond that. Some serious uncanny valley vibes going on. A small complaint, but a complaint nonetheless.
I would easily watch it again. It’s playing again in English tonight, and I’d go if it wasn’t at 11pm and so expensive. I had a lot of fun. Expectations were set too impossibly high for the vocal fans to be truly satisfied (not that they ever actually can be) and that filtered down. That’s what I’m taking form it at least.