Review: Tron – Is it the Next Avatar?
Yes…. Avatar has nothing on Tron.
The question most people are asking is how does Tron stack up against Avatar?, the biggest, “smurfiest” film since…. Well… The Smurfs. I saw Avatar twice in theaters, one of those times being in IMAX and visually, Tron holds it’s own ground, but in a very different way. Unlike Avatar where every shot was made specifically for you to drool over, Tron’s visuals are much more intelligent and sophisticated and aid to the dark story tone throughout the film. Avatar’s best visual moments were when it let us intake the wildly different vegetation on the planet. From the moment we follow Sam into the grid the visuals continue and never stop being an artistic beauty. (I drooled, gods honest truth) Move over James Cameron, Disney kicked your ass in originality and visuals and dare I say… 3D.
The story is a true sequel to the original Tron which is something that I don’t think anyone really expected. Instead of doing a true reboot like Batman or Spiderman does every few years or so Tron is a continuation of the first story. This leads to a bunch of exposition that seems to just run a tad long in the overall scheme of things. It’s also a little bit confusing for people who have not seen the first Tron. This one long stretch of back-story feels long and lost my interest for a moment or two along the way, finding myself saying “what are they talking about?” true Tron fans will have a “nerdgasim” in their seats throughout the whole film, but Tron virgins will be a little confused. (see it again, you’ll get it the second time, promise)
At least you have one of the best actors of our generation, Jeff Bridges at the helm of this movie. Him and his creepy looking younger self fighting each other is super sweet. Olivia Wilde is another additional character that is a great addition to the cast, but Sam, he’s kinda all over the place at moments, especially with the tone of the film being so dark. Sometimes i found him too annoying but then he quickly went back to the serious Sam in seconds.
Lastly is Daft “fucking awesome” Punk. Not only is their cameo sweet, but the movie even feels sometimes like its a music video for daft punk and not Tron. That’s how awesome the soundtrack is… We did a review, check that shit out. I think without daft punk this film would have been much much less interesting, and much much less entertaining. Sorry Tron, but your soundtrack kicks more ass than you do.
Visually stunning and amazingly entertaining there is absolutely NO reason to miss this film. I’ve never hacked over money to buy avatar on it’s many Blu Ray collection sets, but let me guarantee you. I will be in line the day Tron comes out to buy my copy, it may even get me to invest in a 3D TV. Yah… It’s that good….
9.5 light cycles out of 10
Snobby Film critic Steve – 7/10