TRON: LEGACY

The legacy of the original TRON is much better in the memory of its fans than in reality. It was a visually spectacular achievement and looked like nothing we'd ever seen before. Now it's simply quaint. The story was just ok and the acting other than Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner, was something less than average. None of that mattered because it looked so cool!! TRON: LEGACY is equally cool looking. While not filled with color like the original, it seems more “real” than the original too. Almost 30 years later, the effects are now standard Hollywood. They look cool, but are hardly ground breaking. The biggest advance is the way the filmmakers use CGI to recreate the young Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges). It mostly works, there were just a couple of instances where you can tell it's not “really” Bridges. The story is a bit deeper than the original. It deals with themes of Zen and the relationship of fathers and sons. The acting is better too. Garrett Hedlund is very good as the young rebel, Sam Flynn, and Michael Sheen is devilish as the flamboyant Zeus. Also, watching Olivia Wilde in a skintight body suit isn't a bad way to spend a couple of hours. This is definitely worth seeing, especially if you are fan of the original. One piece of advice, see it in IMAX 3D. I'm sure it looks fine in 2D or regular 3D, but in IMAX it's like entering the world of the computer and being a part of it. Totally worth the high ticket price. — Alan Yudman

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