|Olivia Wilde as Quorra,|
in TRON: Legacy
Disney, the original backers of the first film, finally decided it was time for a sequel. A brave and welcome move, unlike the countless 'remakes' and 're-imaginings' that currently seem the norm, and then promptly fail to light anyone's enthusiasm at the box-office.
A view from the original TRON
|Sam finds his father's computer, in TRON: Legacy|
|Stark, one of the main villains|
of the original TRON
|Beau Garrett as a 'Siren', getting ready to fit Sam|
into his new outfit, in TRON: Legacy
|Bruce Boxleitner stealing the show|
|Beau Garrett as a 'Siren' in TRON: Legacy|
|Light Cycles in the original TRON|
Light Cycles in TRON: Legacy
|a 'Recognizer' craft, in TRON: Legacy|
|Jeff Bridges stares out onto a digital world,|
in TRON: Legacy
|TRON: Legacy, or 2001: A Space Odyssey?|
|Michael Sheen as the|
Speaking of the soundtrack, the producers decided to go an unusual route, and hire the French duo referred to as 'Daft Punk' (known for their somewhat 80's style synth/dance music), over a conventional film composer. The result is somewhat mixed. The pair have risen far above their dance-music routes to create a more orchestral score, but it still feels like something that could've been created by a good film composer on automatic. You can't help wondering if they were hired more for their promotional use (which has featured quite prominently), than their musical ability. The soundtrack is functional but often repetitive, and unfortunately shows its somewhat simplistic 80's influences and 90's dance roots in a few scenes (notably Sam on his motorbike near the beginning, the night-club scene, and the end-credits). One can't help but wonder what a seasoned composer might have been able to create with the material (personally, I think composers such as Graeme Revell or Elliot Goldenthal would have been extremely suited).
|Jeff Bridges after too much plastic surgery|
|Quorra relaxes, in TRON: Legacy|
It may seem that I disliked TRON: Legacy, but I didn't. It is great fun, but as with so many films these days, fails by a fair margin to live up to its potential. I never expected perfection, or a film based on my own preconceptions of what a TRON sequel should be like. But is it unreasonable to wish a film could have risen beyond the level of popcorn fun, when its own predecessor has become such an iconic example of imagination, creativity and innovation?
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