Tron Legacy: Digital Eye Candy
(From Flickr user: ssoosay)
There are a few cultural moments in the 80’s that I missed one of which was Tron. I finally watched the original Tron movie a few months ago and was bored with the plot and the effects. It was hard to see the movie through the lens of someone in 1982. Back then the movie was revolutionary in its computer animation but in today’s world of Avatar effects, it looks dull and cheap. Ever since I saw the trailer for the new Tron Legacy, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to see what modern technology would do to the Tron world.
Armed with 3D glasses I entered the Grid yesterday and experienced the beautiful, digital eye candy that is Tron Legacy. The movie tells the story of Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund) trying to find his father, Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who disappeared when Sam was a young boy. Most of the movie takes place in a digital alternate reality that Kevin Flynn created. The tension in the movie comes when the created turn against their creator. I bet some over zealous preachers will try and use some Tron illustrations this Sunday.
Some reviews of the movie focused on the lack of a compelling plot. Maybe I am naive but I thought the plot was good enough and not too simple to be distracting. The mix of a dark world, neon striped clothing and the bass of techno music was in the words of Kevin Flynn, “Radical!” I personally enjoyed Michael Sheen’s over the top character, Zuse. I wonder about the mass appeal of Tron Legacy but for techie, fantasy world types, I would definitely recommend it.
For those of you who have seen it, what did you think?