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Tron Legacy is just one of those movies, one of those movies that we see maybe once or twice a year, twice in '10 thanks to Inception, that fits right in with the big bugdet Summerfests like Transformers but offers more than what we usally expect.
Movies like Iron Man, The Dark Knight and Star Trek are those movies that choose not give you a run of the mill stupid check-yer-mind-off-at-the-door experience but choose to give you more, in the case of Inception, it was a complex storyline, in the case of Tron Legacy it's groundbreaking visuals.
You might be casually saying "Well isn't that what you'd get with any Summer Blockbuster?", no dear reader, no, not like this, rarely do I see a movie where my mind spends most of the runtime going "Damn that looks cool!" and "Oh my god that's looks amazing!".
The story follows Sam Flynn (Garret Hedlund), son of Software Engineer Kevin Flynn (Jeff "The Dude" Bridges) as he looks into his father's mysterious disappearence twenty years ago, he snoops around at Flynn's, his dad's arcade and gets sucked into The Grid, a Virtual World, where Computer programs can look hotter than any Horny teenager's fantasy, The Grid is run by Clu (Jeff Bridges) who we might as well call Caesar who's cooking up some evil shit.
This movie also employs "Benjamin Button" technology where Jeff Bridges plays Flynn and looks like Jeff Bridges and Jeff Bridges plays Clu and looked like early 80s Jeff Bridges which is, as you can probably tell, pretty darn cool.
Now I've talked about Tron's visual's which should be the only reason you watch this movie by the way, I'd like to delve into Daft Punk's score but before that I'll mention the story, even though I loved this movie I won't deny that they could've done much more work in the story department while still showcasing this technology, if you look hard enough you can find big plot holes but I looked beyond them and had a blast.
Let's look at this the other way around, when a plot driven Indie movie comes out, why doesn't anyone complain about the fact that the budget is too small? because visuals aren't the point, It's the story and characters that matter and in my opinion that same logic should be used with movies like Tron Legacy.
I would much rather had a great story interwoven with these visuals, that would've increased my love for this film but that just isn't the case, the technology is still new and risky. A ton of money was spent on this movie and they wanted to appeal to a mass audience to ensure getting that money back.
And even though there wasn't much meat to chew on, Jeff Bridges, Garret Hedlund and Olivia Wilde (absolutely gorgeous) did a pretty good job, and the side characters, though they didn't have much time onscreen, were pretty fun like Michael Sheen who was playing Zuse, a more over-the-top and crazy hybrid of The Joker and Jack Sparrow and Beau Garret who's an example of line 19 of this blog.
Now on to very hyped up score by Daft Punk, I honestly can't describe it. watch the movie and you'll know or check out some tracks on Youtube, but in short it lives up to the hype and more.
In conclusion Tron Legacy is easily one of the best looking movies of all time and one of the best movies of the year, and here's the catch, I haven't seen the 3D version, I watched it in a regular theater and I still think it's groundbreaking, go in to watch the visuals first, experience those visuals with the music second and take in the story last.