The fam went to see TRON: Legacy on Friday night. In 3D, of course.
I can honestly say that I give it a solid 7/10, and most of that was because it was a great 3D experience. I can also honestly say that ...
OK now that's done ... here's what I think.
Starting with what I didn't like ...
I think that they didn't do nearly as much as they could have with the possibilities presented by the storyline.
I think that Garrett Hedlund was only marginally pretty to look at.
I think that Flynn's character was less "Flynn" and more "The Dude From The Big Lebowski".
I think it's DUMB that TRON didn't remove his helmet.
I expected SO MUCH MORE from Daft Punk.
The ISO subplot was weak. It seemed like merely a MacGuffin to get Olivia Wilde in the flick. Don't get me wrong, I liked the Quorra character quite a bit. However, I think I'd have liked it better if she ended up being Sam's sister or something. The sheltered weirdo that followed The Dude around? Not the best use of her talents.
And where the Mickey Mouse were the TANKS? Seriously - just the discs and lightcycles? And really, since when do lightcycles have curved trails? Just sayin'.
Now, here's what I DID like ...
I cannot express my love for Michael Sheen enough. TEAM ARO! I had to, of course, interrupt my husband's nerdgasm to inform him that Aro is my favorite vampire. Clearly, I am not Team Sparkle Vamp. Gah.
They knocked the Sirens' costuming out of the park. Home run, people ... simply fabulous.
When they used the 3D effects? BRILLIANT. Sadly I think too much of the movie was shot in 2D, but when they did the effects of the programs shattering? Brilliant.
The re-imagining of the uniforms of those in the Grid, by the way, was awesome. And I really liked when TRON was falling at the end, and his "lines" changed from the red (CLU loyal) to white (Flynn loyal). Even though I know that it was clearly a set-up for a sequel to the sequel, it still made me squee.
All in all ... I liked it more than I didn't. Will I buy it on Blu Ray when it's released? Maybe. But it's not the ZOMG MUST HAVE IT NOW!!1! that I expected to feel.
And here ... via the awesomeness that is EPBOT ... check this out. This year's IceHotel? TRON THEMED. This is at least twenty kinds of awesome. Maybe more.