It’s a sequel to 1982’s “TRON,” which was a financial misfire for Disney but nonetheless had an exceedingly big impact on contemporary cinema. It represented the first time CGI was extensively used in a movie, and while you could argue all day about whether that’s a good or bad thing, it’s nonetheless an historic thing.
Q: So do I need to see the 1982 original to understand this one?
Oh, definitely not. I’d never seen it, if that helps, and I followed this thing fine. My knowledge of the original “TRON” is limited to what I’ve seen in the various parodies over the years. Lots of lights and grids and a guy trapped in a computer and all that.
The latest “Tron: Legacy” trailer is here. It’s more of the same: Looks very cool. Looks very serious. There are two Jeff Bridgeseses. One of them is the bearded, aged version we’re all familiar with; the other is a still-a-bit-too-plastic-y CGI version of Bridges circa the 1980s. (I expect that by the Dec. 17 release, the CGI version will look better.) There’s also Garrett Hedlund as the hero (Bridges’s son). Plus, Olivia Wilde, who has been very pretty on TV for years now (“The O.C.,” “House”), takes her too-good-looking-NOT-to-be-CGI self to the big screen.
As others have said, yeah, it looks a little grim. Looks like it’s trying hard to be taken seriously, not laughed at because A) it’s about living computer programs and B) it’s the sequel to a cult classic from 1982. But it also looks utterly phenomenal, like the kind of thing that was made for 3-D and IMAX screens, a movie that’s worth seeing on the big screen.
Disney has dropped this new video from Daft Punk, who are providing the music for the upcoming “Tron: Legacy.” It’s less a video and more an assemblage of visually arresting images from the movie, so it’s more a two-minute trailer, but goddamn it is something to look at. “Tron: Legacy” drops Dec. 17.