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MOVIE REVIEW: Tron Legacy

This follow-up wasn't worth the three-decade wait

(L-R) Olivia Wilde as Quorra and Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."

(L-R) Olivia Wilde as Quorra and Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."

  • (L-R) Olivia Wilde as Quorra and Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."
  • Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."
  • Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn in "Tron:Legacy."
  • A scene from the film "Tron:Legacy."
  • (Left) Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn in "Tron: Legacy."
  • (Left) Olivia Wilde as Quorra in "Tron: Legacy."
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Are you kidding me? Tron fans waited 28 years for this?

Maybe they should re-boot, and not do another film for another 28. The filmmakers could do a movie based on Pac Man or Q-bert in the meantime.

As I sat waiting for the movie to start, I was looking at the 3D glasses. In the old days, they were white pieces of plastic that made you look like you were being treated with radiation or something. Now, they look like Buddy Holly shades. And what do I notice written on the side of the glasses?

“Not for use as sunglasses.”

Oh, darn. These would look so cool to wear in the convertible. Although it might make the red lights look blue or maybe it would make vehicles appear larger than they are (and like they’re coming right at you).

The second interesting phrase came up on the screen. It said that some of the film is in 2D. I immediately thought – do I need different glasses for that?

It followed with “Keep your 3D glasses on through out the movie.”

Imagine my surprise when we are brought into the video game world of Tron, and it was underwhelming.

Sure, the art design was interesting. There was an incredible film score by Daft Punk. And as a jukebox lover, I enjoyed the machine turning on in Flynn’s arcade, playing the hits of the 80s.

I barely remember the original. I saw it on HBO as a kid and was bored. I don’t think you need to remember that story to follow along here.

Jeff Bridges is trapped in the Tron world, and his son goes to rescue him. He’s got to play some jai alai/Frisbee type of game that is fun to watch the first time. It gets old quick.

Often times, Bridges sounded like the Dude from Big Lebowski, with a dash of Scott Pilgrim. Oh, and he created the gorgeous Olivia Wilde. So he gets points over Michael Anthony Hall in Weird Science.

The evil character that is the young Bridges, isn’t from clips of the first Tron. It was an elaborate process that is interesting.

In the old days, they would slap a goatee on Leonard Nimoy, and he became the evil spock; for Bridges, they made a silicon mold of his face, painted it, and did computer animation on it to give him a digital face lift.

An actor wore the mask, and should be in a category this year at the Oscars with the person that played the Winklevoss twins in Social Network.

One of many problems with the Tron Legacy script is that there’s no humor. A movie like this needs some of that. And some of the motorcycle and car sequences, which could’ve been really cool – just looked like Speed Racer.

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around a sequel done 28 years later. It reminds me of Buck Henry in a Robert Altman movie, trying to pitch an idea to Tim Robbins. It would be a sequel to The Graduate, 25 years later.

The audience laughed at that scene because it’s so preposterous, but the way movies are made now, maybe it’s not.

I heard over 100 animators worked on this project. Maybe two or three of them could’ve left the art department and sat with the screenwriter.

This was long and boring. I suggest waiting to see Jeff Bridges in True Grit.

This dude doesn’t abide. I’m giving it a D.