So I braved the foul weather to see Tron: Legacy today. (At the movie theater literally across the street, so don't go assuming it was too much hardship.) The executive summary is that it's not bad. My thoughts, in no particular order:
Tron: Legacy takes itself relentlessly seriously from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. This is a good thing, because it's the sort of movie where if the illusion broke for even a second it would all fall to pieces. Nothing about how the Grid works or how the society inside the computer system functions makes any sense whatsoever outside of the context of the movie. So as long as you stay in that context, you're good to go; the movie helps you do that by not quite being ridiculous at any point, which was no mean feat.
The music is unbelievably fantastic. Gonna buy the soundtrack the moment I finish this post. In fact, I just did.
Bruce Boxleitner remains one of my favorite actors, even though he only has a minor part in the film.
3D effects don't work for me any better than they did back when I saw Up. I should just save my money in the future.
Elsewhere, a friend of mine threw some cold water on the anticipation for this flick by stating that the original Tron actually wasn't very good. He's correct, of course. I last saw the original when I was a very small boy so my attitudes may be colored, but I recall it being generally ponderous, humorless, nonsensical, and self-important, with the only redeeming feature being the pretty graphics on the screen (I was mad for any kind of computer graphics as a kid.) That may or may not be a fair assessment but I certainly have no desire to rewatch it. This film does take straight off from stuff that happened in the first one, and it's pretty clear that not having a fresh recollection of those events means I didn't get the full impact of various major revelations and whatnot. But oh well, I guess I'll have to live with that. If you're a person who actually liked the original I imagine you'd be pretty pleased with the callbacks and whatnot.
So, yeah. I don't regret seeing it. Well, maybe the extra $2 the theater tacks on for 3D.
In completely unrelated news, there are new posts over on the ol' Tumblr with more chatter about Neon Galaxy work. I got the entire between-level shop working, and it'll even kick you back into another level when you're done shopping, which is a nice accomplishment. Getting pretty close to having all the basic pieces of a game here.