This is not our usual Friday adaptation post, but I wanted to check out some movie reviews for Tron: Legacy because the franchise has spawned so many print spinoffs. Among them, "Tron" by Brian Daley (1982), "The Art of Tron" by Michael Bonifer, "Tron: Betrayal" by Jai Nitz, and the Legacy series. So here are some excerpts from reviews:
New York Times -- There's more than a touch of Zeus in Kevin's white beard and Olympian digs, but, much like Icarus, no one in "Tron: Legacy" gets to soar too high.
Roger Ebert -- Since the Tron universe exists entirely within chips, don't bother yourself about where the physical body of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) has been for the last two decades; it must surely have been somewhere, because we can see that it has aged. ... Joseph Kosinski's "Tron: Legacy" steps nimbly over such obstacles and hits the ground running, in a 3-D sound-and light show that plays to the eyes and ears more than the mind.
Time -- Tron: Legacy ... activated my couch potato impulses. I wanted to loll in my chair enjoying its dark cinematography, punctuated by aesthetically appealing neon, while Daft Punk's strangely soothing electronica washed over me. The movie is like visiting Satan's spa.
Tribune -- This is one of those big-budget projects destined to split audiences (a good thing, always). ... "TRON: Legacy" comes to life when Sam, played by a too-cool-for-school Garrett Hedlund, learns the ways of the Lightcycles and the perilous joys of racing on "ribbons of light." Here, we get the sweep and simple excitement we need. Elsewhere, we get exposition more sluggish than the stuff we had to wade through in the second and third "Matrix" movies, and a strained, opaque brand of intellectual-property mythology that might mean tons to ardent fans of the first "Tron," but less to others.