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Tron, the nervousing

I'm going to see Tron: Legacy tonight. Reviews on it are, to say the least, mixed. Critics that are nerd-friendly have said, more or less, that it doesn't make a stitch of sense, and the script and story are at best predictable - but that the spectacle is more than enough to make that irrelevant. But that's what we heard about "Avatar" too. I'm tired of visually splendid blockbuster movies that scrimp on a script - which is clearly the least expensive thing to take from meh to a-meh-zing.

Less nerd friendly reviewers have said it's dreadful, they hate it, and would rather be de-rezzed than subjected to it again. Invariably they point out something to the effect that the first Tron was a flop, loved only by a small sub-culture of spazzes and nerds.

Now, if there were a wikipedia entry for that small sub-culture of spazzes and nerds, I'm pretty sure that I'd be the demo picture. I loved Tron. I mean I looooooved it. I made a Tron outfit for Halloween that year out of white clothing, a bike helmet, a frisbee, and blue electric tape. I was decades ahead of "Tron Guy", by golly. So when people trash the original Tron, I think they're just humorless muggles. Then again I haven't seen it in ages, since Disney has been systematically making it unavailable.

Historically, Hollywood crushes nearly all my cherished childhood nerdthusiasms. Narnia has been resoundingly mediocre, the new Star Wars movies were an untrammeled obliteration of everything about Star Wars that was beautiful, Transformers sucked, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk; with the exception of Lord of the Rings, it's all been crap.

Odds are long that Tron will be awesome. But hey, Daftpunk did the soundtrack, so at least there's that!


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Dec. 18th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Before you watch it, refresh yourself on:

(I enjoyed the movie very much and I'll be writing a commentary on LJ here shortly.)
Dec. 18th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear you liked it, your taste in movies is very similar to mine. Or at least, I've thought everything that you thought sucked, sucked.
Dec. 18th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Posted my thoughts on my LJ. I cover the plot pretty well but I try to avoid too many spoilers.
Dec. 19th, 2010 04:10 am (UTC)
I think it's hard to make good scripts for video game-based movies unless the video game had an amazing script already.

This was a sequel to a movie based on a video game with a nearly non-existent script and a horrible first movie. I expect it to suck.
Dec. 19th, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm going to put Tron in the Avatar category. The script is extremely derivative from other movies we've seen, but I thought they did a really good job doing it.

And I did watch original Tron last Wednesday, it's plot was far worse and I still don't care.
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