Just over a week ago Tron Legacy hit to mixed-negative reviews and a fairly mild box office. Critics argue that behind the cool visuals and booming Daft Punk soundtrack lies a weak story and, while I agree with them, I had a lot of fun watching it and hope it makes enough to warrant a sequel.
Critics have also commented on the CG used on Jeff Bridges to make him appear younger for flashback scenes and for his portrayal of Clu (some have described Clu as looking “dead-faced” with “an animated death mask”). When recently questioned on the issue Bridges didn’t address it directly, but he did offer an excuse of sorts.
From Hero Complex:
Bridges seemed to search for the right words when asked about the face-to-face issue. There have been some fairly harsh appraisals of the appearance of CLU in some sequences, and he wasn’t prepared to argue with them, but he did look for a bright side. “It does change the way you watch a movie. But for that thing you’re talking about, what greases that a little bit is that in this movie it is a computer world. Things are off a little bit. You’re looking into a different reality. Not everything looks human there.”
When watching the movie I noticed it looked a little off in places, but it wasn’t a huge distraction that reduced my enjoyment in any way. De-aging is still a fairly new technology, and it’s always harder to make someone appear younger than older.
In other Tron Legacy news Olivia Wilde spoke to MTV about her hopes for a sequel, and what she wants to see from her character.
[Spoilers for those who haven’t seen the movie]
“I’m so thrilled to play with Quorra in the human world. It would be sort of like ‘Splash,’ ” she said, referring to the ’80s comedy starring Daryl Hannah as a mermaid unleashed in Manhattan. “I want to see her whispering to laptops and hugging toasters… There’s a whole other chapter ahead.”
Disney hired writers to get started on a script for a sequel back in April, but the studio will no doubt be waiting to see how Tron Legacy fares at the box office over the upcoming weeks before moving forward. It may be a similar case to G.I. Joe whereby the movie made average numbers, but made a lot of money from toys and merchandising, prompting a sequel.
What did you think of the de-aging CG in Tron Legacy? Do you want a sequel?