It’s happening again. Something old that didn’t used to be “cool” is now cool. And this time that something is not one I expected, Tron. Tron Legacy comes out in less than a month and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. I can honestly say that I’m not jumping on the wagon…because I’ve been riding that cart for a long time already.
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The Tron influence on life
I grew up with Tron. I didn’t see the original film in theatres, but I’ve been watching Tron for upwards of 25 years now. I got Tron on VHS from the public library on a regular basis and before that, would get the book-on-cassette and sit admiring the film photos showing off what I thought was a sci-fi future…and it was beautiful. I loved the look, I looked the characters, the vehicles, I really loved the video games and I even loved the music (which I would re-discover later during my Moog years).
But even I can admit that Tron wasn’t a good film. A recent article in WIRED got me thinking about what the original Tron movie was, and how it was really ahead of its time. No one got it in 1982, and frankly, few get it in 2010. The original story might be a bit out there but it still boils down to good-vs-evil. The special effects, on the other hand, are kind of hard to get passed today – especially if you didn’t grow up with Tron. Thankfully, special effects is something 2010 does really well.
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Technology finally caught up
The more I watch and think about Tron Legacy, the more I believe that Tron Legacy is what Tron should have been. You can’t say that Tron Legacy doesn’t look good. Technology finally caught up with Tron and can now create the visual overload that the first movie should have been. The story of Tron Legacy seems safe enough as well, and the fact that original Tron director/creator is overseeing the new film calms me down. I mean, Tron is his baby and no one wants to see their baby grow up and fail, so I feel this isn’t going to be your standard sequel fare. Of course, I’m not sure how any sequel could be considered standard after 25 years of waiting.
So yes, I’m excited for Tron Legacy. I admit I had my doubts about it when it was announced and I did what every fanboy does and pooped on the new incarnation before it was even seen on any screen, big or small. Seeing your childhood messed with is not something any of us enjoy. But everything I’ve seen and heard up to this point is amazing. I don’t want to come out of Tron Legacy saying, “the original was better,” and I don’t think I will.
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Tron made a difference
I’m not a Tron poser. I grew up with the first Tron film and I love the first Tron film. Hell, I even have the complete Topps “Tron” trading card set. I have the anniversary Tron DVD and it’s awesome (I highly recommend it) and I watch it somewhat regularly. Tron is important…to me. Hollywood and everyone else might have just come around to Tron but there are a small handful of us that have been waiting (and fearing) this for a long time. I just hope it’s worth it.
I also think I’m going to start a list of Things I Love That Aren’t Cool but Might Be Someday, just in case they come around and remake or re-imagine some of the other movies, characters and games I love but otherwise suck. Then I hopefully I won’t have to defend my fandom in the face of mainstream popularity.