I have to preface this post by saying I should never read a review, especially a gently negative review of a movie the day before I go see it. That being said I went to Tron: The Legacy early Friday evening before the hordes decended on the movie theater. As expected lots of young guys. The movie is actually beautifully crafted visually and I saw the 2D version. The music was intergrated well and you could feel the vibrations in the theater walls and your seats during some of the effects which I am sure would have been a very thrilling experience in the 3D version of the film, a very you are really there feeling. The effects themselves are vastly superior to the original 1982 film. But Disney has a habbit of dumbing down any kind of real emotional feeling that it is very hard to engage with the characters or story. The review I read did compare this film to Avatar and to Star Wars and there were quite a few moments that all I could think of was "wow the father figure is one powerful Mater Jedi". The costumes and sets and some of the story sequences were excellent. What really threw me was the horrendously poor mouth movements on the younger Kevin Flynn's mouth. It looked as if Jeff Bridges had some major Botox injected into his mouth and jaw. Very disconcerting on both the older and younger versions of the character. The first half of the film is the setup and we watch young Sam grow up and become the ultimate hacker against Encom a company of which he is a major stockholder, he really plays the "oh, poor me card", and considering he is playing a rich kid almost 30 who doesn't have to work but is still moping over his father's alleged abandonment at age 10 or so it gets to be a but much. In fact the first half of the film seems like a bit of a disconnect to the second half of the film. Why they even bothered casting a smarmy type as a CEO and another actor as the head of IT when you never see them again in the film. There was so much potential in the story line and new CGI technology that filmmakers think they don't have to provide a decent story and the result is a major deservice to the viewing audience. Overall the film was OK and I only spent $9.00 for the matinee price. I do think that most of the gaming crowd will enjoy this film. No blood, no guts, no sex, no bad language.
I think Disney had a great opportunity to create something unique here and it failed and that is sad.