Director: Joseph Kosinski
Writers: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
(Story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sternthal)
For not being a very big fan of Tron I was very excited for Tron: Legacy. But then the reviews came out and I decided that maybe spending $14 on a sequel to a movie I didn’t really like was money best spent elsewhere. So I finally caught it on Blu Ray and I can now look back and think “good decision”.
The movie has a visually impressive 30 minutes or so when they first enter the grid. Then the neat visuals wear off and all there we are left with is a totally nonsense story. Movies have gotten by on far less but there is nothing else there to keep it interesting. The action is light as is the charisma of the lead actors. About the only thing that kept the film movie forward is the entertaining (but not amazing) Daft Punk score. Bridges plays Flynn in his southern hippie style he has become so fond of in his recent beard years, Hedlund is dull and Wilde is given not much to do except look good.
I think my main problem comes in the second half where the villain, a horrible looking CGI version of Bridges from 25 years ago (seriously, this was done amazingly 2 years early in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Shouldn’t effects be getting better?), amasses an army of programs and plans on bringing them into the real world. Huh? How is an army of a few thousand black spandex clad men wielding staffs and frisbees supposed to take over the world? This question, among many, is something the writers were not concerned with. The whole thing plays out like bad first draft fan fiction.
Disney seemed concerned with selling a style and not a substance. But the problem is that the style grows weary about half way through and then what are we left with? I didn’t hate the film but it just seems like such a wasted opportunity and with a $200 million dollar budget (and as much in marketing I am sure) it is hard to look at this as anything but a failure.
Also I watched this in 2D and the picture quality was phenomenal.