Waiting for the photo © 2010 Loren Javier | more info (via: Wylio)After all the hype for TRON: Legacy what did I think?

I’m not sure. It wasn’t a bad movie, but I also didn’t go WOW! when it was over. The visuals were amazing. The 3D was great. The soundtrack was incredible. The story, well it’s Tron and nobody should be expecting a great story that pulls you in.

Some little things that bothered me:

  1. The CGI was too good. Things looked too real, too lifelike in the grid. I wanted it to be more computer graphics looking. The flat graphics look on the original was missing for me.
  2. The costumes. They often times really looked like clothes with neon strips sewed on, rather than what appeared to computer enhanced clothing like the first movie.
  3. The copy of many scenes from the first movie. How does Sam get pulled into the grid, he sits down at a desk that just happens to have giant laser pointing at it, and the laser turns on and sucks him in. Original! Tron and Clu are the replacements for MCP and Sark. Good guys become evil guys. I guess that would be like MacWrite and MacPaint ruling all software on your MacBook.
  4. The Tron character is revealed at the end of the movie. All of a sudden near the very end Flynn asks Tron what has he become and Tron just like that chooses good or evil and is then killed. He is Tron, he could have been much more than the evil ninja warrior sidekick to the evil villain.
  5. The overall lighting in the movie seemed dark. Colors were not as vibrant as what I would have liked.
  6. The hockey helmets were replaced with high tech motorcycle helmets and face shields.

The CGI that creates the younger Flynn is also very well done. It was 3/4 of the way through the movie that I reminded myself that the young Flynn is played by Jeff Bridges, it looked so well done I didn’t question it wasn’t a young Jeff Bridges.

Good or bad, I also picked up a one line homage to WarGames…. the only way to win the game is to not play at all.

I guess really many of these are just very minor complaints. I am watching the original Tron as I type this and I think items #1 and #2 are probably the things that stopped me really loving the movie. The first movie was all WOW!, it had never been done before. I suppose it is hard to compete with a movie that had that level of impact. I think there are times when computer graphics can be too lifelike, too real. I suppose if you think about it, just like graphics have improved over the years, they would have improved in the grid as well.

Will I see it again, of course. And I will buy the DVD. But it didn’t leave the impression on me that the first movie did, and maybe that is impossible as the first movie really was groundbreaking. TRON: Legacy doesn’t break any ground.