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.