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27 December 2010 @ 11:21 am
TRON Legacy  
I think I've mentioned before that My Beloved Spouse has been crazy with the need to go watch this movie. I'm not sure I've ever seen more than tidbits of the original, but I figured it'd be fun. Which it is. Given the reviews, it's obviously not a movie for everyone, but TRON has always been about the visuals, the game, and the relationship of programmers to what they program. The first one was about the early years of creation and excitement over the possibilities, whereas this one is more of a modern cautionary tale, though the hacker code of "information wants to be free" is still very present.

Anyway, all that aside, I like watching movies in 3D IMAX to SEE things I can't on my t.v. And it delivered on that front. IN SPADES.

Ok, first of all - at the beginning - they change the Disney castle logo. I LOVE it when movies do that, and this one was especially cool.

The design and update of the old designs into a more modern aesthetic is amazing. Some shots they go out of their way to make them GORGEOUS. The sailer-train, the multiple levels of the game arena, shattering glass, the interplay of bright lights and pure darkness -- and how just about every single frame emphasizes that there is no sunlight in this world.

I think, having read some of the reviews, that some people are trying to apply Matrix 'rules' to this movie and then objecting when they don't work like that. I've read people very confused about the threat CLU can possibly offer to the real world. But The Grid is not Virtual Reality like the Matrix is. It's still a physical place, just a very small one -- a quantum universe, or maybe even an alternate dimension, but Sam is there, not just in his head. CLU and his soldiers are as much a part of the Grid as anything else - he rules it as a physical being in a physical world (that's the whole thing with Flynn's ID disk - that's the key to the code that makes up the Grid).

But even if you discount the possibility of physical embodiment - the other threat was that - oh, let's think about this for a moment - a self-aware program on a mission to remake the world into a 'perfect' state. Why, hello, SKYNET-under-another-name. So anyone who thinks the threat was not high enough- was just not thinking it through.

But hey, the Grid's trains run on time! (because no, that wasn't a cluebat either or anything.)

I liked Garrett as Flynn Jr. well enough, though he's not required to do a lot. Olivia Wilde as Quorra is great fabulous fun. Jeff Bridges is, of course, awesome (though I will agree that they put a little too much The Dude in Flynn). Michael Sheen chews scenery with gleeful abandon. And Bruce Boxleitner is just great to see again, even though he doesn't do all that much.

So, I guess I'm just an easy touch, but it was entertaining and occasionally got me to stare at it in amazement. For the price of four drinks at Starbucks - it was worth seeing. So if you have any desire to see it, don't wait for t.v. Unless you've got a huge tv screen and awesome sound system, you're missing out on the experience.

There are so many stories in this 'verse, too, that they barely brush against, that I would love to fic. heh. Apparently I'm drawn to fic sources that have someone named Sam in them.

As you may have heard, the soundtrack is awesome. Even if you have no wish to see the movie but you like film scores, it's a good one.
karate0katkarate0kat on December 27th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed it as well, for pretty much all the reasons you said. Michael Sheen was gloriously over the top hammy. I love Olivia Wilde. She's so pretty. [/shallow]

Edited at 2010-12-27 07:35 pm (UTC)
lizardbeth: Aerynlizardbeth_j on December 27th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was fun. it held together, it had cool stuff to look at and some neat ideas it executed pretty well. I'm certainly glad I saw it on the big screen.

And Olivia Wilde is very pretty, indeed.
karate0katkarate0kat on December 27th, 2010 11:20 pm (UTC)
And I don't think there was any fail. Well, I should amend that. No fail bad enough to make me want to *headdesk*. There are times, that's good enough.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on December 28th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
I think in general they did pretty well within the limits they had to work with. And within the story they were telling.

heh, and given the movie itself is a message about doing better, but also a cautionary tale against that impulse taken to extreme, I cut it some slack for imperfection.