Tron: Legacy is one of those movies that I am going to call perfect and someone I know will come at me with “how could you call it perfect? It was Matrix with light bikes, the CGI looked weird, they’re raping my childhood, the real grid had more colors than black and white” blah, blah, blah. What really helped me appreciate this movie was seeing the original TRON a few hours before walking into the theater. The plot made sense as a sequel, the story was interesting and the kickbacks to the original were very evident. It is pretty much the same TRON you know and love, only this time they have the technology to make it look phenomenal.
Olivia Wilde (Quorra) is absolutely beautiful, and to have her with black mascara on around those eyes should be illegal. Jeff Bridges (Kevin Flynn) is a lovable old man, and Garrett Hedlund (Sam Flynn) was my favorite part of the entire movie. More on Garrett, there is a scene between he and Bridges early in the movie that required some emotion from each and I was mightily impressed with how real it came off. The tears flowed freely and the little glances that they exchanged made it all come together quite beautifully. For all the cocky antics and pranks that Sam pulls in the earlier half of Tron: Legacy, the character will have you rooting for him from the first time you meet him. To have this type of charisma in a protagonist is truly rare and I hope to see him in many more movies following this one.
While the first TRON detailed the story of a programming genius’s video games being stolen by a rival co-worker, this movie is about the results of it all after he had regained his reputation by exposing the impostor. Viewers are reintroduced to the grid but this time it is different with more lively characters and cooler CGI than its predecessor. Like all fantastical worlds of nerdy dreams, the women are perfect – starting with The Sirens, led by the platinum haired, uber sexy Gem (Beau Garrett) and ending with the “miracle” by the name of Quorra played by Olivia Wilde. Instead of bulky, no-faced guards throughout the grid, you now have lithe, ninja type warriors who are adept at hurling their discs and light bikes, light planes and all sorts of cool vehicles to make the chase scenes that more sexy.
One of the most impressive bonuses to checking out the original before seeing this was the arcade parts of the new movie. The old TRON showed 80’s era people huddled in around arcade machines and going at each other’s high scores and the new shows that same room dusty, aged and realistically accurate to how it should look 15 years later. While a lot of personal background details are left out about our good friend Kevin Flynn, I should point out that he was as much an enigma in the original so maybe we should accept it for what it is.
If you don’t go see Tron for the outstanding visuals, the superb acting or the cool Sci-Fi CGI playground, then you have to go for the music. Come on folks, even those rhythmical robot droids Daft Punk make a cameo, the music is outstanding. There are songs from the 80’s when the time was relevant (old juke box in the arcade) and all sorts of cyber, robot, electronic goodness throughout. This is one soundtrack that I have heard a tremendous amount of people profess to want so if what I say doesn’t sell you on this then maybe that will.
In the end, we can probably expect a sequel to this one – the original TRON ended positively and with no need for a follow-up but this one ends nicely and leaves enough questions to warrant a third. If you don’t get a chance to see it in the theater, I can only imagine that the Blu-Ray will be absolutely beautiful with all the contrasts within this movie. Tron: Legacy was extremely spicy for me, it can be watched infinitely and it matched its predecessor without leaving anything to annoy me. It is one of the best movies of 2010 even though that isn’t saying much.