Where I Publicly Announce My Indifference to Tron Legacy

I did NOT see Tron Legacy this weekend.

I didn’t actively avoid it.  I just found myself supremely unmotivated.  It’s a problem I discover more and more lately when it comes to this kind of thing.  Probably has something to do with this being a sequel, although you can’t exactly call it a rushed thing, can you?  And I just don’t care much for sequels.  Maybe it’s because they always disappoint me.  Or maybe it’s because, while sequels were almost always a design of marketing, they seem even more so now.

To be fair, I have no reason to suspect Tron Legacy would be bad.  From what I’ve heard, it’s good, not great.  And that’s to be expected.  The original is good, not great.  But it had the advantage of being cutting edge for its time and experimental.  The new film, while visually striking, isn’t exactly new or original or even very surprising at this point.  It’s another big budget spectacle, and I’m sure it’s fine.  I’m sure I’d enjoy the light cycles, disk battles, and cool shout outs to a movie I really enjoy to this day.

But . . . meh.  I’m disinterested, and I’m cool with that.  Indifference isn’t a bad thing.  I’m sure the movie will succeed or fail just fine without me.  My opinion, or lack of opinion, is allowable.  I’ll sit this one out and let others discuss the merits and shortcomings of this particular movie.  No need to wade into the battle, one way or another.

Sometimes, it’s good to have no opinion, to just walk away undecided.  I’m trusting my instincts on this one, and those instincts say I would like Tron Legacy but not love it, that I can certainly wait for it to pop up on my television and, even then, I might not care.  There is no gaping Tron-shaped hole in my soul that needs to be filled.

Tron Legacy is all yours, society.   Whatever you decide, it’s all good with me.

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  1. Nolly
    Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I saw it with some friends. It wasn’t bad; it could have been better. A couple of aspects grated even during the movie; a couple of aspects were surprisingly good. Overall, it’s a fun ride.

  2. Posted December 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Too indifferent to see Tron, but motivated enough to see Skyline?

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted December 21, 2010 at 1:55 am | Permalink

      You may not know this about me, Yetipops, but I’d much rather take a chance on a non-sequel than go with a sure thing. It’s just the way I’m wired.

      • Posted December 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

        I feel like it’s something I should have assumed Mr. Martinez. You seem to like the road less traveled with lurking blood thirsty monsters hiding in it. But I figure some movies that just happen to be sequels are worth taking a chance on too. I like being surprised by a good sequel. I think its harder to continue with a story and keep it interesting and exciting than one with a fresh start without any expectations attached.

        • A. Lee Martinez
          Posted December 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

          I think you’re right about me. I’m not against sequels and there are a lot of great things that sequels can do. But I feel like sequels and all they offer are well represented in today’s society, but original works that dare to stand on their own don’t get enough credit. That’s my chief point.

          • Posted December 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

            I could be completely wrong (and I will own up to it if I am), but I was always under the impression that sequels weren’t respected at all. If the original movie was popular people will go see it, but don’t people just view a sequel as a way for the film industry to capitalize?

          • A. Lee Martinez
            Posted December 23, 2010 at 1:24 am | Permalink

            Completely wrong? No, you’re not completely wrong. Sequels aren’t respected artistically, but commercially, they’re beloved and even audiences have grown to love and expect them. They make money and people will go see sequels, even while complaining about them.

            People might say they dislike sequels. They might even acknowledge that most are merely commercial product. But money talks. It speaks louder than words. And Hollywood takes notice of this. It knows that a lackluster sequel or well-branded product has a much better chance of finding an audience than a great and original film.

  3. James
    Posted December 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Mr. Martinez,

    I wasn’t sure if it was a stylistic choice, but Divine Misfortune is misspelled on the home page top. When I searched for you on Google, it showed the misspelling.

    • A. Lee Martinez
      Posted December 22, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

      No, it wasn’t a stylistic choice. Yes, I’ve noticed that error before. It’s weird, all right, but don’t know how to fix it. Nor do I think I’d care enough to try even if I did.

  4. Shadybiz
    Posted December 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Permalink

    I saw Tron Legacy on Sunday. Great First half, Meh second half. An average movie that could have been epic if it stepped up the crisis factor (never felt any real danger for the character or the world they inhabit). Jeff bridges also seems to mail it in.

  5. Posted December 23, 2010 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    I agree that sequels bring in the big bucks, but are they really “loved”? Aren’t cult classics an example of the underdog raising up, giving the bird to the big bad blockbuster and are loved for generations to come? I guess it just depends on what is more important to the filmmaker. Making a beloved film or making money. very rare gems get both. But as an avid movie goer many of my favorites aren’t sequels. Even the really good sequels I’ve seen haven’t made it to the list. Its usually the first film in a sequence, an independent, or some award winner. What I’m trying to say is that I think sequels aren’t given as much respect. They’re the middle child.

    Anyways I plan on seeing Tron on Christmas. I think its worth looking into ^_^

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