Tell us what you thought of ‘TRON Legacy’

Posted by · 5:27 pm · December 17th, 2010

Today kicks off the week of The Dude as “TRON Legacy” hits theaters nationwide.  I’ve had my say, but I’d love to hear what you guys think.  Come on back here and give us your take when/if you get around to it this weekend or over the holiday.

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  • 1 12-17-2010 at 5:38 pm

    MovieMan said...

    Basically, it’s an unimaginably beautiful, epic film that just so happens to be completely soulless with little to no narrative drive. (Although I agree with you, Kris, that Daft Punk’s score is the best of the entire year.)

  • 2 12-17-2010 at 6:29 pm

    Chase Kahn said...

    It’s a techno action film – it’s all about Daft Punk’s score and lightcycles and Olivia Wilde’s legs.

    Structurally and fundamentally it’s pretty wretched – characters do things that don’t make sense, they can’t make up their mind, there are about three too many flashbacks, etc.

    All in all, it makes for my guilty pleasure of the year. I’m with you, Kris, I kinda dug it.

  • 3 12-17-2010 at 6:46 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Here’s my thoughts:

    It’s an absolutely spectacular achievement of special effects, art direction, costumes, sound, and music. I also thought Jeff Bridges was much better here than anticipated. Really enjoyed him!

    That said, I think it’s lamebrain dialogue (which CAN be endearing in the right medium) and murky plot logistics prevented me from loving it. I also was bored by a couple of stretches in the middle.

    Garrett Hedlund was okay. Olivia Wilde was sexy. Special-effect Flynn was disappointing in the real life depiction as Kris & Anne noted.

    Overall, 7/10. Better than anticipated, visceral (in spots), but ultimately – shoulder shruggy.

  • 4 12-17-2010 at 7:16 pm

    Fitz said...

    Bridges was great, as well as Daft Punk’s score. Hedlund, however cannot carry a film by himself so Tron 3 might be misguided.

  • 5 12-17-2010 at 7:34 pm

    Duncan Houst said...

    The three fantastic factors of “TRON Legacy”:
    3. The Visuals (Not necessarily the cinematography)
    2. Daft Punk’s Score
    1. Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn

  • 6 12-17-2010 at 7:56 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Will be going on sunday looking forward to a good looking movie and cool effects

  • 7 12-17-2010 at 8:46 pm

    Michael said...

    As it is now it was basically a solid 3 star film, but to make it even better all they have to do is take out the dialogue and the lame fighting scenes and just have images of the grid and cool sets and costumes set to daft punk music and you have one of the most gloriously hypnotic visual feasts ever.

  • 8 12-17-2010 at 9:25 pm

    Ben M. said...

    I liked it with some reservations. The screenplay was really weak, the acting was a mixed bag and there were some dull moments, but the visuals were tremendous and parts of the film were spectacular (the light cycle scene and the plane shootout were some of the best action scenes of the year IMO). Certainly a film to see in 3D theatre and I imagine it might also be a very cool film to go to in Imax; on a 2D dvd the film would probably be average.

    I feel it deserves the visual effects oscar hands down, but the tech work was great all around with the score, cinematography, costume design, sound editing, and art direction also deserving at least some nomination consideration.

  • 9 12-17-2010 at 9:30 pm

    Mike said...

    I mostly liked it as kind of camp fun…

  • 10 12-17-2010 at 10:04 pm

    Fitz said...

    A visual feast for the eyes. I don’t even see Inception beating this in special effects categories.

  • 11 12-18-2010 at 1:14 am

    Pete said...

    Probably the most bored I’ve been in a theater in a long time. This movie was dull as dull can be. The score sounded kinda cool on my Ipod, but in the film it was terrible; it didn’t flow with the images; it just felt like Daft punk just slapped on some sounds that they ripped from Hans Zimmer’s Mac Book, and gave it their own techno spin; it was a mess. the story was weak. Some of the fight scenes were downright silly; it looked like they were dancing instead of fighting; must be Daft Punk’s music, LOL! Overall, an overwhelmingly dull movie.

  • 12 12-18-2010 at 1:22 am

    Pete said...

    Not surprised that this film has a piss poor rating of 48% on rotten tomatoes. I just can’t see how anyone in their right mind can sit through this mess more than once. There is absolutely nothing to find on a second viewing. Also, a quick comment on this horrible score: Trent Reznor is a genius. Let me tell you why. When you watch The Social Network, the music in that film seems like it’s part of the celluloid; part of its DNA; you can’t separate it. Reznor’s score is throbbing and pulsing with electricity, yet it never feels like a separate entity; it is so well done that it seems indelibly fused with the film. Tron on the other hand, was quite the opposite; it feels like Daft Punk had no idea what they were doing; it just did not fit. Even Hans Zimmer’s Inception score functions on the same level as Reznor’s; it feels inextricably linked to the film and its images. Daft Punk fails. This is what happens when an artist tries to imitate. They tried for Hans Zimmer, but ended up with a cheap imitation that fits nowhere in this movie. If you want to see a pile of trash burning in front of your eyes, head to the theater and see TRON.

  • 13 12-18-2010 at 1:40 am

    Pete said...

    I’m reading some of the comments, posters calling it the best score of the year? Are you kidding me?! DAH DAH DAH DUM DUM DUM DA DUM DUM DUM! That’s all it is… NOISE! Just noise. It doesn’t enhance anything. Even the quiter moments are accompanied by generic orchestral sounds I’ve heard a million times. It’s almost as if Daft punk watched the Inception trailer, which Hans Zimmer did not score (Zack Hemsey scored it, channeling as much of Zimmer as he could; he said this in an interview) and said to themselves, “I love that BRRRRRRRUM sound!” Let’s do that for Tron and add ome of our techno to it. That’s it! That’s all they did! How is this a good score?! Someone help me understand.

  • 14 12-18-2010 at 6:03 am

    JJ1 said...

    Yeah, to be honest, while I think that the score is really, really cool – I don’t think it meshes well with the images on the screen (however hypnotic they are). It “sounds” really cool. I’m sure it must be fun to listen to on an mp3/ipod. But I don’t think the score aids the visuals/story consistently.

  • 15 12-18-2010 at 6:34 am

    Chase Kahn said...

    I think the score is brilliant because it is the movie. The whole thing is like a dance-rave techno-musical where the thumping, bassy soundscapes actually surround and influence the movements on screen. At least that’s how I saw it.

  • 16 12-18-2010 at 6:52 am

    JJ1 said...

    Hmm. Interesting disconnect going on btwn. those who love the music separate from the movie, and those who think it works perfectly ‘with’ the movie.

  • 17 12-18-2010 at 7:47 am

    Michael said...

    I can see what some are saying about how the music may have not necessarily worked ‘with’ the movie’s storyline, but for me I honestly wish it was turned into a modern day techno “Fantasia” where there was no storyline whatsoever and just these trippy visuals with the awesome synth chords and electronica beats a la Daft Punk. A 20 or 30 minute space disco odyssey in 3D (or the coolest Daft Punk music video ever.)

    When grading the film itself it really seemed like they got the details right, all of the post-production aspects were stellar and then the sets and costumes looked AMAZING, but it was the actual core of the film that they didn’t get right for some reason. The storyline was weak and redundant, the dialogue was cringe-worthy, and the acting was wooden. I think someone with more experience writing a script and helming a big-budget film should have been in charge (maybe one of the Pixar people perhaps?) As it was though I had a fun time at the theater watching it in 3D, but it really will not get a repeat watch from me. The soundtrack will be on heavy rotation however, and thoughts of what could have been will always be there.

  • 18 12-18-2010 at 8:10 am

    Kyle said...

    Is it bad that I enjoyed this more than True Grit?

  • 19 12-18-2010 at 8:56 am

    DylanS said...

    Daft Punk is mimicing Hanz Zimmer with the score, it’s borderline plagarism if you ask me. “Best score of the year”, load of bulls@&$! if you ask me.

  • 20 12-18-2010 at 9:01 am

    Christian said...

    I thought it was a fantastic movie with a great sense of adventure, and a pretty good, coherent story as well. I loved the spiritual allegories of the story, and to me these aspects of the film were more of what it was about than the father-son relationship. As for the acting, it’s an adventure movie, what are you expecting, King Lear? Garrett Hedlund was fine in the tradition of stock adventure movie heroes, cause let’s be honest, Mark Hammil was very similar in the first Star Wars, if it wasn’t for the supporting cast in that film it wouldn’t have worked either. With that said, I loved Olivia Wilde as Quorra, and Jeff Bridges was great in both roles, and Michael Sheen very well might have delivered my favorite supporting performance of the year. So what, I’m a sucker for a good adventure movie, and that’s what this was. What’s wrong with a movie that relies on the Hero’s Journey and action to just simply entertain?

  • 21 12-18-2010 at 9:44 am

    JJ1 said...

    Christian, that’s the thing. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a “movie that relies on the hero’s Journey and action to just simply entertain”.

    I think the only issue here (with critics and the public, thus far) is that some went along with it just like you, and some were bored. Simple as that.

    I couldn’t get past some of the dialogue and odd plot logisitics, but I WAS entertained; entertained enough to give it a mild thumbs up (so to speak). It’s the kind of movie that didn’t bowl me over, but I wouldn’t mind seeing it again if someone wanted company, etc.

  • 22 12-18-2010 at 12:38 pm

    john said...

    I loved it. A first-time director did this. Amazing! It’s no AVATAR or INCEPTION, but yeah, that’s exactly what a 3D TRON movie is supposed to be.
    Score? Great, the movie was one big two-hour psychadelic spectacle, and rave music is exactly what you need. Daft Punk and Zimmer should have a show-down. In fact, many of the tech categories seem like they should be face-offs between this and INCEPTION.
    Acting? Fine. I thought Mr. Bridges was great, giving the sort of oddball eccentric performance that can big blockbusters often lack. And it was nice to see him young again, even if that was the one weak aspect of the movies effects. Garret Hedlund did fine as the Luke skywalker character. And Quorra was a great love interest, companion, action equal. Always like dBruce Boxleitner, good to see he’s doing well.
    The story… well, the idea seemed more novel 30 years ago. But it had enough ideas in it to sustain the brain while admittedly the action and light show were the reason to go.

    Good movie.

  • 23 12-18-2010 at 12:41 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I really enjoyed the women who dressed Sam. Not only were they gorgeous, but the WAY they were filmed was very interesting; hypnotic – like a lot of the rest of the movie.

  • 24 12-18-2010 at 12:48 pm

    JJ1 said...

    john, really enjoyed your enthusiastic review. I keep teetering on my opinion on it (having only seen it yesterday). There’s so much I enjoyed, but I have major reservations, as well. Reading jubilant opinions like yours help to better formulate my degrees of like and dislike.

  • 25 12-18-2010 at 1:28 pm

    Brian said...

    You know I quite enjoyed it. Low expectations helped for sure.

    THE GOOD: The score: exquisite. Jeff Bridges: the most “dude” performance that wasn’t in The Big Lebowski. My friend and I had so much fun occasionally referencing a Big Lewbowski line when he was on screen as Kevin. Olivia Wilde was able to elevate beyond the material — and — that final shot of the movie on the motorcycle watch her eyes: hold that final shot three more seconds, please! The cinematography was great. Loved the look and tone of the movie: it just glided, and had a good amount of space between everything. Michael Sheen was fun. Daft Punk cameo, awesome.

    THE BAD:
    The dialogue was atrocious. Garret Heldlund had so many bad lines. Using the younger face of Bridges at the beginning for the bedtime story was a bad choice. It made since to have CLU look a bit more digital because he was. It went on a little too long. The speech to the army at the end was trying to hard to say, here is the big final action scene. Also, the whole premise is silly. It’s funny to stop and think about everything being computer files. Also, the scenes not in the Grid are so boring. Let’s stay in the grid!

    But this was by far the most pleasant surprise of the year for me. Especially after being disappointed by the last few films I’ve gone to the theater for. It actually might make the number 10 slot usually reserved for my guilty pleasure of the year. The technical aspects of this film were just so sound, and I was so glad to see one of these types of movies be a little more glacial and not use Hans Zimmer or any overbearing score.

    In conclusion: Daft Punk and the look of the film was perfection, and that alone was worth the ticket.

  • 26 12-18-2010 at 7:13 pm

    john said...

    I tell you, I like all kinds of movies, but the Special FX movie is getting harder and harder to do. We feel like we’ve seen it all, they can put anything they want into that computer… yawn, I’m bored. However, over the last year, I’ve seen AVATAR, INCEPTION, and TRON, and all of them have me going “how did they do that?” all over again.
    People like to attack 3D and IMAX… “if it’s a really good movie, you don’t need all that”, but I can’t imagine these movies crammed onto a tiny screen. Admittedly, I think TRON is the one that’s going to suffer the most in shrunken form. Certain people automatically attack any “big” movie as having weak story and acting, but AVATAR and INCEPTION did actually have great storytellers at their helms. TRON is undeniably a light show. But an absolutely inspired and very, very cool one!

  • 27 12-18-2010 at 7:21 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Agreed, john. As I said elsewhere, some people will love TRON: L for that, others won’t be taken with it, and that’s fine.

    And you’re right, the ‘special effect’ event movies have been so lame over the last few years. I, too, commend Avatar, Inception, and now TRON: L for it’s boldness.

  • 28 12-19-2010 at 1:03 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    I’m so glad I saw this movie drunk. That’s the only way I could’ve not been bothered by such an utterly nonsensical storyline. Well, and Olivia Wilde’s startling beauty. But NO amount of alcohol could keep me from noticing the failure of CLU.

    I honestly have no idea how someone could hate on Daft Punk’s excellent score. Expectations too high? No idea…anyway, this is one of the few times that Kris and I are in total agreement.

  • 29 12-19-2010 at 6:48 am

    ninja said...

    This was fun. I don`t know what some whiny little geek b****es were smoking when they called this movie utter crap, disapointment (compared to what? That crap original Tron?) and what not, but this is what entertianment is all about. Great spectacle, likeable characters (especially Quorra, great star-making turn by Olivia Wilde) , some romance, some daddy issues, some camp (Michael Sheen in full Razzie winner mode, not that it`s a bad thing) , interesting new universe. I seriously don`t see where those “Oh it was terrible” complaints come from. It wasn`t meant to be Inception, OK?

    I`m down for a sequel if they ever make one. Opening weekend is meh but holiday season is lucrative so it`s early to tell.

  • 30 12-19-2010 at 7:07 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Oh great, ninja’s back. Don’t you have some Batman action figures to organize or something?

  • 31 12-19-2010 at 7:13 am

    JJ1 said...

    agreed, ninja. TRON was boring. TRON: Legacy had a little bit of everything; even if it wasn’t all wonderful. I enjoyed.

  • 32 12-19-2010 at 8:04 am

    ninja said...

    Ninja was never gone, Robert, and my mom cleans my basement and organizes my action figures, thank you very much. I don`t do chores.

    I`m with you, JJ1. Tron Legacy was enjoyable. I recommend it.

  • 33 12-19-2010 at 9:41 am

    Jacob S. said...

    I was really disappointed with it. The sound was excellent, the score was great (even though I’ve listened to it about five times before watching the film), and the visuals were state-of-the-art, but if they just spent more money on better writers then the film would be a million times better. It just feels too much like a missed-opportunity to love.

  • 34 1-14-2011 at 12:44 pm

    joe said...

    Finally got around to seeing this. My expectations had been so low, but I actually really loved watching it. Sure, parts of the dialogue are awful, but I think Hedlund actually held is own.

    The movie’s just a great ride, pure and simple fun, nothing more. And I for one agree the film is in some ways a two hour music video, but that’s because the score is pitch perfect in my book. Completely deserves a nomination for Daft Punk…the film just vibrates through you in the theaters…oddly reminds me of how some of Atonement was carried by its score at.