Friday, December 17, 2010

Tron Legacy


Full Disclosure: I've been waiting for this movie ever since the first rumours of Tron 2.0 started buzz back in 1999.

I've been trying to work out how to review Tron Legacy since the first time I saw it (I've seen it twice now, with a third and possible fouth viewing planned). Every time I start to write, my brain shuts down. I've written the "Full Disclosure" line above at least seven times already. So here goes - attempt number eight. Tron Legacy blew my freaking mind.

Straight review stuff out of the way; Visuals: Freaking awesome. Soundtrack: Brilliant (but again, I'm biased; I've been a Daft Punk fan ever since "Da Funk" came out in 1995). Story: Better than other reviews will tell you (Watch it with a fan's eyes. There's a hell of a lot of depth and foreshadowing). So yeah, I loved it.

Joseph Kosinski (with guidance from Steven Lisberger) has taken up Kevin Flynn's mantle and created a seriously fascinating world for his movie to inhabit. The backstory to Tron Legacy, revealed in the Flynn Lives ARG, Tron Evolution game and Tron Betrayal comic, had me sucked in before the first frame hit the screen, and Legacy was the knockout punch. The creation of a new Grid (Legacy takes place in a different System than Lisberger's Tron), Flynn's research into the human condition, and the discovery of the ISO's; this is a world I could get lost in. Kosinski has given himself (and writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz) a seriously cool sandbox to play in.

This could have just been another CGI feature. A lot of people probably expected it. Instead, Kosinski decided to go with mostly in-camera, practical effects rather than CGI overload. Don't get me wrong, I love me some Pixar, and I’m the biggest booster I know for the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but this movie looks freaking awesome. The colours (or lack thereof – most of the movie is black, with highlights of blue or orange) pop right off the screen. I’ve already seen photos of half a dozen seriously good Quorra cosplayers floating around the interwebs; I can’t wait to see all of the Flynns, Clus, Rinzlers and Sams at San Diego Comic Con next year.

Screw possible fourth screening; I’m going to see this a whole bunch of times. This is my new favourite movie. Bring on the sequels.

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