In 2011 I remember watching this movie with my family in our hotel room. Due to having to check out, we were unable, however, to finish the film. Since then I have barely given the movie any thought. In fact, I completely forgot about it. So imagine my intrigue when I saw it playing the other day on SYFY. I figured this was my chance to finally watch the entire film so I could see what happened. Of course, considering that I saw it seven years ago I had pretty much forgotten the entire movie so I was basically watching a brand new movie. And boy was it awesome…until it wasn’t.
Okay, before I delve deep into this review I just want to commend Disney for this film’s utterly magnificent beauty. The CGI was phenomenal (except for Jeff Bridges’ digitally de-aged face but that’s another topic) and the concept of these neon-lit suits and this digital world inside of Tron was simply captivating. I love a beautiful movie and Tron: Legacy was gorgeous. Having said that the film was pretty much a huge disappointment.
When Kevin Flynn, the creator of Tron, goes missing in 1989 his son goes a bit rogue. He doesn’t want anything to do with the company his father built and he’s pretty much a rebel. But when he revisits his father’s arcade in a moment of nostalgia he discovers a secret room that is actually his father’s office. In the office is a high-tech computer and after hacking into it Sam finds himself transported to his father’s digital world, Tron.
It’s a fascinating storyline that seemed to be going in such the right direction.
The first couple of action scenes when he first reached Tron were phenomenal and truly awe-inspiring. As I watched the first third of the movie I was totally engaged. The movie was riveting and I began to wonder why my vague memory of it was that I was bored with the film. It wasn’t long however before I soon found out why didn’t regard the film with much fondness.
Two-thirds through the movie Sam meets Quorra, the last surviving member of the sentient beings born from his father’s digital world, and he is reunited with his father, Kevin Flynn who has been living in hiding for decades.
The movie turns on a super boring turn as the writers tried too hard to fill us in on what was going on and completely forsake the incredible action that made the movie so good in the first place. By the time the last third of the movie arrived, I had literally fallen asleep on parts of it and was struggling to stay awake and watch the final action scene that would result in Sam’s father sacrificing himself to save his son and the robot girl, Quorra. And don’t ask me why he sacrificed himself or what was going on? If I told you-you would most likely fall asleep from how boring the information would be.
My Conclusion of the Film
All in all, the movie could’ve been so much better. Like I said, it is a visually captivating film in every sense of the word. The characters, the world, the suits, the weapons, everything about the movie is astounding on a beauty level but the story just wasn’t able to hold up.
I mean, I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl last night and as I watched the film I couldn’t help but think of Tron: Legacy. The Curse of the Black Pearl could’ve easily been a flop but it was a solid story that told a compelling adventure with characters worth caring about. And it never strayed too long in the too-much-dialogue department. We learned everything we needed to know about the characters and their stories but there was plenty of action to satiate us as well. Tron: Legacy wasn’t able to do that.
And that’s why The Curse of the Black Pearl has an 8/10 rating on IMDb and Tron: Legacy has a 6.8/10 rating.
It is, however, a very family-friendly movie. There’s no rampant cursing, over-the-top sexual themes, or unnecessary suck facing. And I highly appreciated that because that wouldn’t have helped the movie at all.
I’d give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and 81 out of a 100. I would give it a lower rating but because the movie is so gorgeous and I enjoyed the first third of it so much I decided to be a little generous.
Is this a must-watch? Definitely not. But if you’re bored and you need an interesting matinee flick to check out I highly recommend it.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.