Tron: Legacy

Tron is incredible!

I don’t know if everyone feels the same way but there are some movies that just temporarily alter your whole attitude and frame of mind. Let me try to describe this. With some movies, even after it’s over, you feel like you’re still submerged in the world you just saw. You sit transfixed in your seat for a moment, soaking it all in as the credits begin to roll. When you eventually make it out of the cinema, you may realize you have a little bounce in your step; your shoulders are straight, your head is tilted back slightly and you feel, even for a brief moment, that you’re one of the characters. And if you just finished watching some superhero/action/science fiction flick, your swag becomes even more pronounced. Instead of jumping down two steps, you attempt five. You flex your muscles a little, and your body deceptively think it’s tight, strong and powerful. And this feeling doesn’t end when you’re in your car. Movies like that can even affect your speed, and before you know it, you’re driving a little faster and you take risks you wouldn’t take on an ordinary day. You grip the steering wheel firmly with one hand and you grip the shift stick tightly, even if you don’t even need to change gears. For a moment, you forget you’re driving your beat up Nissan or Honda. And this feeling is worse if you’ve got good, loud music playing in your car. That seals the deal. You are no longer yourself. Until you reach your destination safely, you’re unconsciously imagining yourself to be more than you really are. That’s the power of movies!

I don’t know if anyone has felt like this but it happens to me all the time. Today, I did 100 mph on the highway. I haven’t done 100 in months. I’m in Virginia now so 100 mph is a risk I’ve consciously decided not to take, except that I watched an insane movie with insane visuals and incredible technology so I couldn’t help it. I wanted to be flying as fast as Sam (lead character) did on his Ducati. The club-banging hip-hop playing on the radio didn’t help either.

I love Tron: Legacy. It’s not a mentally challenging movie. It’s not Inception, but I still love Tron: Legacy. It is just visually stunning – worth the $17.50 I paid to watch it in IMAX 3-D. I’ve seen quite a number of wack 3-D movies this year, Tron: Legacy isn’t one of them. Tron: Legacy can work just as fine as 2-D – the difference won’t be monumental but it’s honestly more gripping in 3-D. It’s an incredibly beautiful movie to watch, and I think that’s all it inspires to be; beautiful.

Official movie summary

Tron: Legacy is a 3-D action-packed adventure set in a digital world unlike anything captured on the big screen. Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund) a rebellious 27 year-old is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from Flynn Arcade that could only have come from his father, he finds himself pulled into a world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years. With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-or-death across a visually stunning digital universe.

The plot sounds pretty simple, right? Well, honestly, I was okay with its simplicity and even the strained dialogue worked just fine. My focus was on the execution – the digital world that was created that literally took my breath away. I had the same reaction to Tron: Legacy as I had to Inception – I wished I thought of it, I wished I wrote it!

Some critics have said that with all the technology producers and directors have at their disposal today, Tron: Legacy should been a 100x better than the 1982 original: Tron. I agree; it could have been better. But since these same idiot critics nominated Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp for Golden Globes, I don’t really care what they say about Tron: Legacy. It was bloody entertaining. It was so much better than watching Depp mumble his way through The Tourist. And I was engaged enough. I was invested enough in the outcome. It was predictable, but I still cared enough to be rooting for the characters. So fine, it wasn’t a particularly intelligent script, with Oscar-worthy acting, but it was fun and entertaining and that’s exactly what the doctor ordered this holiday season. The critics can literally sod off. Let me be kind though, the critics did rate Tron: Legacy much higher than The Tourist (55% vs 22%). I just can’t seem to wrap my head around the blasted Golden Globe nominations. What were they thinking? They nominated Johnny Depp for The Tourist and left Leonardo diCaprio out? Utter madness.

Nevertheless, Tron: Legacy has reinforced my love for movies. For the first 30 minutes I sat there thinking, God, this is all I want to do, movies and writing. Is there truly anything better?

Rating: A-

Ps. I am naming my daughter (or son) Quorra. Sorry in advance, kiddo.