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Probably my favorite film of all time. It has great art direction, video game action, Robin Williams comedy and an awesome soundtrack.
Favorite Scenes: the surrealist fake MTV video to distract the guards, and when the toy tanks break down the door and begin the battle against the good toys - with "Welcome to the Pleasuredome" re-mixed version playing.
Second Viewing: I enjoyed immensely more. I really got into the story, the action sequences, the vehicle engineering, the music, the human elements, the world design, the new fashions, the special effects, and all the clever references to the original... It was detailed and I can now see how much thought and effort was put into this thing. I'm looking forward to the blu-ray even more now.
First Viewing review:
It was the movie event of the year (for me anyways!). After 28 years, it's hard to believe Disney made a sequel. They did a lot of cool new things. The action scenes were a joy, but there wasn't much humanity on the grid.
I really liked when they revisited some of the original locations (eg. Flynn's arcade, the Encom big entry door, Dumont's Garage). I loved when Flynn gave the TRON action figures to his son Sam, and told the story of what happened on the game grid.
The best characters were the cute and talented Quorra (Olivia Wilde) and the flamboyant Bowie-like nightclub proprietor Castor/Zuse (Michael Sheen) - both of them really made the movie special.
Garrett Hedlund as the new hero Sam Flynn, did a decent job functioning as an action hero, but I never really connected with his character on an emotional level.
Bruce Boxleitner appeared in a few scenes. They didn't say much about what his Alan character was up to. It was sad and a waste what became of his Tron character in the computer world.
They didn't explain much about Dillinger's son now working at Encom - what was that about?
I didn't care much for what they did with Jeff Bridges' Flynn character, who used to be a fun videogame hacker hotshot, but now is some sort of tragic meditative old man with no will to fix his failed world. Jeff's Clu character was much better. The youthful-CGI looked seamless for me. He wasn't as cruel and cartoonish as Sark and the MCP, so wasn't as great of a foe.
The action sequences were top-notch, the 3-D really enhanced the deadly disc game - but I'm wondering why they abandoned the Frisbee-style of '82 and made them into rings? The light cycles were as great as ever, with added ramps, bridges and flyovers, adding the danger of dropping. I wish we had got a better look of the entire layout of the field. It was great seeing the Solar Sailers and Recognizers again; I didn't see the Tanks enough. They added the new Light Jets too, which had some neato shooting and spiralling dogfight action over the Sea of Simulation. Nope, unfortunately the Grid Bugs didn't make an appearance this time!
The plotlines of TRON Legacy pretty much followed the same series of events as the original, but they changed enough of the look, feel and events, that it became a new journey instead of a rehash.
One missed opportunity was that the story had Flynn enter the Grid in '89 - prior to the Internet getting big, so all the possible internet locations, characters and objects weren't implemented. I would've liked to see the Net itself as the basis for the computer world. I guess that would make it too much like other movies.
Daft Punk's Soundtrack with the Hans Zimmer Orchestra was mind-blowingly great and really made the action and dramatic scenes very powerful. It's a damn shame they didn't think to re-orchestrate original TRON theme at all. I loved it when they played another Journey song (thankfully Separate Ways and not the overplayed Don't Stop Believin') in Flynn's arcade.
The ending was a bit abrupt; I didn't much understand what happened to the characters or the computer world; and whether Flynn's predicted future will take effect in the real world.
I want to see this movie again already, and am looking forward to the Blu-ray release, along with the original Disney TRON. I think many years from now, the original TRON will still be worshipped for the groundbreaking movie it was, whereas this new TRON Evolution movie less so.