Visual design. Social good.

Shallow characters? Check.

Crappy dialog? Check.

A sci-fi classic? Check.

I will watch anything sci fi. Like all true fans, I have a ton of patience for poor plot and shallow characters because I love the ideas and the innovative ways these films use available technologies to create the future. Tron: Legacy is no different.

Go for the visual effects, not the story. It is masterwork of innovation. I went with my best friend who hates sci-fi. (“Why does it always have to be all dark in sci-fi movies?” she moans. “Where’s the sun? Why can’t there ever be any sun?”) But even she had to admit, there are some insane effects going on in this film.  Here’s why you should see this film in the theater.

It’s in 3D. (Yay?!)

Yes, the story and the characters are a tad shallow, but the effects on “the grid” are amazing.  I’ve never held a lot of stock in 3D before, feeling it to be gimmicky. Yet, seeing the games and the light cycles in 3D are worth the price of admission.

Director, Joseph Kosinski, worked with the Oscar winning Benjamin Button team from Digital Domain to create the uncanny younger version of Jeff Bridge/Kevin Flynn. It’s remarkable and eerie. It’s the future of filmmaking.Digital Doman

Then there are the costume highlights. 1) Gem’s metallic, auto-body, Corvette like curves.  2) Quora’s motorcross-esque costume, especially the cut-away shoulders. It combines Joan of Arc’s strength with a little of Marilyn Monroe’s psychic fragility. 3) Jeff Bridge’s Zen warrior look. Especially the bare feet and the glow emanating from the lining of his priestly robes.

And the sets are beautiful. Imagine if Kubrick was the Wachowski brother’s architect. I especially loved Flynn’s pristine ice-castle lair with the crystal chandeliers and light-up floors.

And we can’t forget Quara’s hair: This is obviously the jaggedy asymmetrical coif of a supreme being/isomorphic algorithm. Hello Halloween 2011 costume. Tron So, it didn’t get the best reviews. Tron: Legacy (2010) is visually stunning and technically ground-breaking. Geeky accolades all around.

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2 Responses to “Tron Legacy: a sci-fi classic”

  1. Matt

    Interesting things about Tron and aesthetics. And cool blog. I’ve got one, too, if you ever want to visit (http://videovampire.wordpress.com/). Incidentally, I also was (am?) a comm. and rhetoric person. Hmmm, maybe I’ll tag my blog somewhere w/ “comm.” and “rhet.” so it can appear w/ other comm. and rhetoric people’s wordpress sites like yours when users search. Be well.

  2. renxkyoko

    A syfy fan myself. There’s no science fiction movie that I don’t like, no matter how ridiculous the plot is.(^_^)

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