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The Cinematic Katzenjammer: Feb 25: Tron: Legacy


Feb 25: Tron: Legacy

"The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid."

   Tron: Legacy is an interesting movie. Visually, it's phenomenal, but when it comes to the story, it's a pretty big mess. One of it's biggest faults is its attempt to almost completely erase the history created with the first Tron film. Because of this, everything needs to be explained and it's here where it loses track. Too much focus is on retelling and re-explaining that the story falls apart and we really only gain a little more insight into the world of Tron, and even then it's confusing. Tron: Legacy is almost a remake in disguise, similar to how Apple releases "new" versions of their iPods and iPads. It's all the same shit, just prettier. 

Oh, and it's all so f**king expensive. 

   The best part of Tron: Legacy is the special effects. The entire world of Tron is rebuilt, and fully on display. The visuals are amazing, and you almost want to visit Tron yourself. You'll want to put on your own power suit and hop on a light cycle (I want one so bad). The action sequences are filmed very well, but the interruptions of actual dialogue and story kind of ruin it. The acting isn't awful, it's just mediocre. Jeff Bridges is amazing, as always, but this time around he's not just human. A creepy-as-hell digital "young" Bridges plays a role in the film and let's just say that the CGI is done poorly, but it's almost as though they intentionally wanted to make you squirm in your seat at how awful it is. 

Think he's creepy now, you should see how he looks when he screams. You'll laugh and then cry as he eats your soul. 

   Overall, Tron: Legacy is highly enjoyable but proves to be nothing memorable. You'll fall in love with the extremely well done special effects but that's simply not enough. It's kind of like talking to a hot girl for ninety minutes only to realize she's just a shell of attractiveness with nothing good on the inside. But, hey, some people like that. Tron: Legacy is fun and could have been great. Maybe with it's inevitable sequel, when it's not so reliant on retelling the same things, a Tron film will really be something extraordinary. 

The Good:
special effects and light cycle battles/races
The Bad:
a story that's just a little too complicated
The Ugly:
a cheap, laughably creepy, video game doppelganger of The Dude himself

Overall: 6.8/10

Best Quote:
Kevin Flynn: Your old man's about to knock on the sky and listen to the sound.

P.S Daft Punk provides a pretty badass score

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