Originally Posted by nick_danger
Day 1 purchase.
Maybe I'm just not looking as hard as others, but I don't see nearly as many flaws as mentioned above. I read Ebert's review and I have to laugh because it's obvious that he's too old or not nerdy enough to understand the concept behind the world of Tron. For fear of going off on a rant, I'll just say that Tron Legacy was better than I expected it to be and perhaps even better than the original. Obviously it's better from a technical aspect, but it also has a greater emotional depth, and it also makes more sense - as much sense as a fictional story can, I suppose. Again, I could probably write a novel about each of those three topics.
I grew up watching the original, and where the original is corny and choppy, Legacy is cool and smooth. I can't wait to have them both in my collection!
Wow, I couldn't disagree more.
As someone who actually saw the original Tron when it actually first came out, I remember how innovative it was and how much it embraced computers in a time when few people could afford to own one. At that time, the arcade game was king and there was a very social aspect to gaming that has been lost with the ability to game online at home. Back then, there were actually people of celebrity status in the gaming circle. Having your 3 initials at the top of the scores made a console "your machine". Plus, the original hit upon that aspect of technology that was rampant back then: the blatant stealing of someone else's work by a rival company.
Further, there was actual craft and hard work to create those effects. Now, the hardest thing is figuring out what flavor of coffee to drink while things render.
The new version didn't work for me for several reasons:
- The above "soul" comment applies here. This feels like like a corporate movie created using an audience appeal curve. You have all the cliches: the broken home which yields the slacker genius who causes trouble, the mentor who tries to set him straight, "the man" who tries to keep everyone down while attempting to take control over the world, a hobby that the main character had that directly helps him later in the movie (the motorcycle leads to light cycle), a character that sacrifices him or herself for the greater good, and the "bad guy" who opts to change sides at the last moment. Oh, and there's an ugly dog as a comedy device, too.
- There was so much potential lost by not referencing anything that computers and the internet has become. Most notably the "train" they get on that mirrors the solar glider in the first movie. In the original, it appeared to move quite slowly visually. The same holds true for the "train". A nice touch would have been for the train to move (visually) quickly and take Sam by surprise by the speed. The response from Flynn would be something like "we have broadband here now..." Further, there was nothing to reference the changes in the way we use computers and Flynn seemed minimally interested in what has happened with them all these years. While the original used techniques of the time to get around the MCP, there was nothing like that here. A computer-based plotline that ignores the strategic qualities of a social network available to us now feels out of touch.
- David Bowie....I mean Castor/Zuse...was ridiculous. It felt like Tina Turner's character in "Thunderdome".
Overall, this felt like an average movie with average plot elements with none of the charm or innovation of the original. It didn't try anything new or push anything forward. It was merely a carbon copy of so many other movies placed in a world slightly skewed from our own.