Tron was a big part of my childhood. I remember seeing it in the theatre, and I remember my father falling asleep next to my sister while I was enraptured by the film. The use of computer technology, and the blossoming game world that seemed to fascinate every 80s kid was up there on the big screen, for real.
I remember playing games on the street I lived on in Bermuda (Cedarcraft Lane) that in my imagination was just an extension of the Game Grid.
Then, in 2010, like Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), I found a way back in, and it’s my next stop on my journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I’ll admit, the story is a little flawed as it follows Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), who in turn follows in his father’s footsteps and finds himself on the Grid, looking for his father. He is by aided Quorra (Olivia Wilde), must help redeem a corrupted Tron (Bruce Boxleitner) and fight against Flynn’s rogue program, CLU (a CGI age regressed Bridges).
It does look amazing. The visual effects (and I will be the first one to admit that the effects must be in service to the story, not the whole movie) are spectacular, the score by Daft Punk is great, and Kosinski took the world created by Steven Lisberger in 1982, and expanded it rather nicely I thought.
The casting of Hedlund and Wilde work well, and there are nods aplenty for eagle-eyed viewers. Again, that doesn’t save the film, but it does help a lot of ardent fans buy into it, and forgive any shortcomings in plot or storytelling.
Personally, I love the look of the film, love the moments that the film brings to life, and enjoy the way it works out. For someone who doesn’t love the original as much as I do, well, they may look at the film and be disappointed in the story.
Now, I do take exception with the work on the young Bridges as CLU, it looks great, but there’s always going to be the part of your mind that is going to ‘know’ that something isn’t quite right, or real enough. The technology is great, and improving daily (as evidenced by the work in Rogue One), but it doesn’t look quite right… yet.
It’s a story of fathers and sons, legacies and dreams, both realised and perverted, and told in a fun, blockbuster sized way.
I deny the belief that anyone would find the visual look of the film a disaster. It’s simply gorgeous, and makes for a stunning experience whether on the big screen, or in your own home theatre.
This is a fun adventure, that looks beautiful and one I like to throw on every now and again to simply enjoy.
I do like my Zen thing and my visits to the Grid.