Zack Reviews TRON: LEGACY

Reprinted from the Independent Weekly

Like Disney’s 1982 original, this cyberspace fairy tale is a good-looking plate without much on it, combining dazzling CGI effects (now with 3-D and IMAX!) with a thin, slightly confusing story. Returning star Jeff Bridges does double-duty as an older version of his original character that seems to be channeling The Big Lebowski‘s The Dude and a digitally de-aged evil counterpart who might as well be dubbed “Darth Bridges” with his dark outfit and helmet. Bridges’ pretty-boy son (soon-to-be-ubiquitous Garrett Hedlund) heads into the digital world to rescue him, and encounters with dark-suited minions, shiny Jai Alai discs and Michael Sheen dressed like David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth follow. There’s also some crap about “isos” that no one at the screening I attended could properly explain. The effects are awfully pretty—as is Olivia Wilde as a warrior program with a Louise Brooks bob that wants to be a real girl—and the synthesizer-heavy soundtrack by Daft Punk gives some scenes a sense of moody power. But the plot doesn’t make a whole lot of sense … though that’s not really why anyone saw the first Tron, is it? At least it avoids the mistake of the Matrix sequels and avoids over-convoluting the plot to stick to the eye candy, and those who aren’t expecting some sort of philosophical masterpiece will enjoy the scenery.

Published by Zack

Zack Smith is a writer and journalist. He has written for such web sites and publications as Newsarama.com, the Independent Weekly of Durham NC, Triangle Business Journal, Comic Book Resources and the Lynchburg News and Advance. He has a Master's in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a degree in English with minors in Film Studies and Creative Writing from NC State University. He also writes children's books.

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