"TRON: Legacy" - 2010
Dir. by Joseph Kosinski - 2 hrs. 5 min.
As a movie-going experience, "TRON: Legacy" is something spectacular. Even seeing it without the 3D bells and whistles, it was visually spectacular. As a story, it's visually spectacular. I left the theatre kind of confused as to exactly what I had just seen. Even trying to reconstruct the plot later didn't quite work. I've never seen the original film, so I don't know how much (if anything) I didn't catch. I suspect that it wasn't a ton, since this is a PG-13 movie from Disney, but I'll cut the story that much slack. But it didn't make a ton of sense, when it gets down to the details. In broad strokes, it works, at least partially because the only thing better than a movie with Jeff Bridges is a movie with multiple Jeff Bridges. Despite not really being the main character of the movie (that would be his character's son), he anchors the film with a much-needed humanity (as well as playing a cold, inhuman version of himself, main villain Clu). Also, Olivia Wilde was great, playing wide-eyed cute as a button, yet not cloying or annoying.
I'm having one hell of time trying to come up with a way to discuss this movie. Without question, the draw is the action and special effects, and I have to say that they're definitely outstanding. I found myself at multiple points in the film with my mouth open, just taking in the stylized digital world. That's worth something, even if I couldn't even begin to explain the plot. So I'll just leave it at this: if you're comfortable with a movie being not much more than a visual feast, this would be on the short list of films to see. If that's not going to be enough, TL is likely going to be a frustrating experience.
3.5 / 5 - Theatre (2D)