Monday, February 07, 2011
I loved the film, but it was the video game that really stole my heart. It was wrapped in a bright box and blessed with a glowing blue joystick that looked magical before I even dropped a quarter in it to play. And the music it played was a precursor for my lifelong obsession with synthesizers. Kind of a simple arcade game firmly in the early '80s mode, I loved this video game! At my peak, I would play it hours on end while hopped up on sugar, my teenage self becoming transfixed by the audio and the low-tech graphics as I'd challenge various hi-scores in arcades, movie theatre lobbies, convenience stores or where ever the consul might be located. Sadly, too many years off have seriously eroded my skills, but I can still set hi-scores [note the photo of me playing "Tron" and re-writing the top 10; look for my handle "ACE" if you are ever at The Max in Tulsa].
This is one of the rare instances when the onslaught of visuals are enough for me. I'm not a fan of films that exist solely as creations of some team of CGI programmers who live and work nowhere near the cast, crew or director, but I love the idea and look of Tron circa 1982 so much I let all that slide. I saw it at IMAX and in 3D (another thing I hate!), but felt if I was going to see this, I should go all-in with the visuals. I also loved the soundtrack by French electronic band Daft Punk. It's a collections of minimal strings and analogue synthesizers that perfectly fit the artificial world of the movie. This isn't a good movie, but Tron: Legacy made the 13 year old in me very happy. Guilty pleasure.
Posted by Joshua Blevins Peck at 9:37 AM