Disney’s ‘TRON’ was a cutting-edge technological achievement in 1982, being the first movie to really take advantage of the pioneering computer effects. It was far from a financial or critical success but it did leave an impression nevertheless, achieving a cult status and garnered a cult following.
Its cult status probably influenced Disney to attempt to revive the franchise 28 years later. With two of the original film’s stars Bruce Boxleitner and Jeff Bridges, returning for ‘TRON: Legacy.’
TRON: Legacy was notably designed to kickstart a new franchise, but just like its cult-classic predecessor, ‘Legacy’ was a financial disappointment, although grossing over $400 million at the international box office, it barely broke even domestically.
Leaving the financial stuff aside, Tron: Legacy’s visual palette and its pulsating rock-solid score by Daft Punk are outstanding. So, even if the story wasn’t particularly meaty and left more to be desired, the film was a feast for the eyes and ears. Whether you deem the pros weighing up the cons, we think its a fun ride of a movie.
Director Joe Kosinski has said that he wanted to make the movie feel visually alluring and at the same time, real.
“wanted the materials to be real materials: glass, concrete, steel, so it had this kind of visceral quality.”
“We pulled [artists] from the world of architecture, from automotive design, people who have never worked in movies before. We flew people in from all over the world.”
One of those artists was concept artists and matte painter Dylan Cole, who together with other artists, created the fantastic world of Tron Legacy.