|07.11.12||Netflix|| TRON 2.0. I like that title much better. It's a disappointing movie because I think a) a TRON sequel these days everybody thought would be a no brainer but is in reality a really hard proposition, and b) several fatal flaws really kill their chosen direction.|
Young Flynn didn't work for me at all. it was weird and Uncanny Valley and somehow badly lip synched and didn't even look like Jeff Bridges half the time. He's only good from like one angle. And they used A TON of him. Such a pivotal character to be bugged by every time he's on screen.
It's also like...exactly the same story as the first one. I thought we solved all this users vs. programs nonsense 20 years ago? So Flynn goes on this crazy adventure inside a mainframe then invents a virtual world with exactly the same problems? That leads me to...
I have no idea what's going on through most of it. The first movie was awesome becuase it was a rough analogy to the Encom mainframe but this is... what, a game? Why would Flynn create a game world with the same exact gladiator games that he found to be inhumane in the first movie? I just don't get it. I guess I'm geeking out too deep here but shouldn't this be the one movie that can actually hold up to geeky introspection?
And I guess he just lives in a garage? and grills every night? with a huge bay door open on the river but somehow he's not vandalized or robbed or succumbed to pneumonia for sleeping in open air next to a river every night? whatever.
Meh. The visuals were nice though. That first shot of the space paranoid (or whatever the floating legged thing is called) is pretty awesome. And I loved the score but... Well I loved the score but thought it was wrong for the movie. For some of the scenes the elegiac sweeping synth Vangelis-like score makes sense, but I really thought the action sequences would get pumping Daft Punk tunes more akin to their albums than the same melancholic stuff. I was strongly reminded of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's music which was excellent and PERFECTLY suited to that game. That and stuff like Drive and everything Vangelis ever did. It's a great score. I just feel like it often undercut the thrill or tension or adrenaline of the scenes.
So yeah... disappointing as I'd heard. I'm still glad I saw it but... give me the original any day (and let me listen to the soundtrack in my car or something).