"Your're really messing with my zen thing, man."*
THere was a moment during TRON:LEGACY where I thought "Holy shit, TRON: Legacy is to 2010 what TRON is to 1982!" and - truthfully -it probably is, but shortly thereafter I started to wish (quite strongly) that I could turn back time ...and change many of the decisions which Disney and the filmmakers had made concerning the film's direction... and that feeling grew and continues to grow, even a day after I saw it... grrr. Crap. grrr...
THe problem is or was or IS that my expectations were reeeealllllllllyyyyy high. So (no matter what) I basically set this movie up to fail.
THe special effects, the Daft Punk soundtrack and the girls in tight techno costumes are more than enough to carry the film so that sitting in the theatre for two hours isn't painful... but I was nevertheless profoundly dissapointed in this film.
If you make a film like TRON: Legacy (or Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace or Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - all films which were revamps of franchises which had 25-30 years to marinate themselves into legends in/of the public mind) WHY not assemble a panel of nerds to openly and honestly critique your film before it is released... or before it is even shot, for that matter?... the SCRIPT, even... Why not harvest these expert opinions? WOuld it be that difficult?
No, it would be perfect.
NOTE: One thing that was interesting though was my off-the-mark expectations for the Jeff Bridges character... in my mind he was a serious, smart computer hacker/genius, but in the film he was kind of a stoner goofball - much like a young Dude Lebowski, which was pretty annoying... until I YouTube researched scenes from the original and discovered that - no, in fact, even in the original Bridge's character is more or less a stoner goofball... hurm.
I had intended to write a long, detailed post about this but the glögg is taking hold, gotta back off... maybe more later.
*Jeff Bridges quote from the film.
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