After waiting in line for three hours last night Shaggy and I and other friends got to witness this season’s blockbuster movie, Tron. If you are some kind of thief and are reading this I recommend you wait in line for Tron and steal things because I’ve never seen so much tech in one line up. I think 8 out of 10 people had iPhones and others were rocking laptops.
So, was this movie any good? Short answer: Yes, but…
As an event movie I think this is a must see, like Avatar. The effects are huge, the world is mind blowing, the action is solid. But also like Avatar not too much substance. So if you’re going to see it you have to watch this movie with all the bells and whistles to distract you (i.e Imax 3D). The first Tron:Legacy trailer is one of my favourite trailers to date, it looked amazing and the score was intense which brings me to my next point.
If you don’t like Daft Punk then you don’t like Tron. Because we are in a digital world the ambient noises and background sounds you usually hear in movies (trains, birds etc) are not their. Instead you are left with music only music, and it’s Daft Punk 24/7 in the Grid. I love Daft Punk and feel like they are the perfect fit for Tron so no problems for me.
I was super excited to see this movie, after Inception, this was the movie I was looking forward to all year. Like I said, the trailer blew me away but as the second and third trailers rolled out I started to worry because I saw the shot of young Jeff Bridges, and his CG wasn’t quite right, and that was the problem with Tron. With all its sleekness and digital look the movie was cold, I felt this detachment from the characters because as much as they immersed me in this world, they immersed me in a cold and harsh place that made me feel this separation. Throw in the fact that they blew their load early by having the best bit (the games) in the first half of the movie, the rest felt long because i wasn’t totally invested in the characters.
So the verdict: Watch it now in Imax 3D or don’t watch it at all.