'Tron: Legacy' Reviews- Geeks vs Critics
Tron: Legacy Review Roundup
Tron: Legacy opens today. The long-awaited sequel to 1982's Tron has been heavily pre-screened, and the promos have been going on for a year now. You know the drill: Sam Flynn gets sucked into the
Matrix Grid to reunite with his long-lost dad, Kevin Flynn. Viewers and critics seem split on everything except the special effects and the Daft Punk soundtrack, both of which everyone seems to love.
Tron Guy Reviews Tron: Legacy
Jay Maynard, better known as "Tron Guy", reviewed Tron: Legacy for Wired Magazine. As you already guessed, he loved it.
The filmmakers even go so far as to show a (mostly) accurate re-creation of a SunOS 4.0.1 X console. (The only blooper was that the machine type was an i386.)
With all of this, many folks would expect the story to suffer. It doesn’t, unless you’re a movie critic
Tron: Legacy Better than the Original...
Box Office Magazine's Pete Hammond recommends it based on its superiority to the original Tron:
On the heels of another revelatory turn in True Grit, Bridges is sensational again, here in a groundbreaking performance. This reboot is blockbuster entertainment that should easily surpass the original's unimpressive box office and create a whole new yearning for everything Tron.
However, the genre audience for this film would not have been born in 1982, so we'd prefer to have seen the film measured on its own merits.
... But Not a Great Film
The L.A. Times' Betsy Sharkey steps in, saying that Tron: Legacy brings it in terms of CGI and native 3D footage, but the core story is not very strong.
But with everything awash in all that lovely light, it's hard to feel that Sam, or anyone else for that matter, is in real jeopardy. And you wonder if the actors were blinded a bit too. They move through their paces with an OS X efficiency, but not nearly enough heart.
T:L: O RLY?
Scott Tobias at the AV Club is just calling BS on both Tron and Tron: Legacy, saying that both are way too long on exposition (and self-seriousness), and way too short on emotion and actual storytelling.
Director Joseph Kosinski teases the audience with updated light-cycle and discus-game showdowns, but it’s only an homage; his Tron pretends to greatness in ways that snuff out any flickers of joy. Because really, a movie set within the circuitry of an arcade game must be taken with the utmost seriousness.