So I had the chance to watch the sequel of Tron (1982) on the opening Friday the 17th in Cineplex’s very own UltraAVX theatre in 3D. I had decided to watch the original two days before the release of the sequel, just to go in with some idea of the Tron universe, what to expect, and what to feel excited about!
Fun fact: You reserve your own seats in an UltraAVX theatre which has 7.1 sound, massive, crisp screen and awesome seats.
I reached at 7.12pm for a 7.10pm show, and thank goodness for the reserved seating I walked right up to the back of theatre and sat down in my near-perfect seat without any stress of not being able to enjoy the movie due to a bad seat (lost count how many time’s I’ve had to deal with). Enjoyed the previews, and decided to escape with the movie. The movie starts off in 2D, and switches over to 3D once Sam Flynn get’s atomized (hehe) to the Tron universe, called "The Grid", created by his father Kevin Flynn and his digital copy-turned-evil-dude Klu. Quorra, played by Olivia Wilde is another character there for eye candy for the most part. Klu was probably the only noticeable flaw in the entire movie. All they had to do was airbrush Jeff Bridges and make him look younger. Instead, they did exactly what McG did in Terminator: Salvation and made a 3D Jeff Bridges (McG made a 3D Arnie/T-800 for the final "boss" battle) and the results in both the cases were uber cheesy.
But looking past that, this movie can only be described as a visual spectacle. I managed to separate the story from the visuals, and was able to thoroughly enjoy the flick! I had low expectations from the movie to begin with, and was pleasantly surprised. The neon Disc game and Lightcycle's battle on the 'Grid' alone could've been an awesome movie by itself. I could talk about the movie itself, but then that would defeat the purpose of me telling you to go and see it! Plus, I don’t do spoilers (not many to begin with anyway).
Another important note about Tron: Legacy. It’s one of the few movies that tingled my auditory senses as well – and all credit is given to Daft Punk for making a brilliant soundtrack for the movie (iTunes). I’ve been listening to it for the past three days and can’t get enough of it, The Game has Changed and End of Line being my absolute favourites!
So, the précis version:
- If you like a popcorn flick, you’ll love this movie.
- If you liked the original, you’ll love this movie.
- If you want to escape from 2010, you’ll love this movie.
- If you like Olivia Wilde, Neon Discs and Lightcycles, you'll love this movie.
- If you are a movie aficionado or a critic, you will probably not like this movie if you cannot look past the story and acting.
- If you cannot stand Daft Punk, you will probably get annoyed while watching this movie
I think a movie should be a complete audio-visual immersive experience, and Tron: Legacy achieves that (No, I’m not a fanboy, I saw the original and the sequel two days apart, and had never heard of Tron till last month).
I had to include an image of a LightCycle just to show you it's sheer awesomeness.