Tron Legacy (2010)

3/5 neat if you have seen part 1.

Tron Legacy is the much delayed sequel to the 1982 cult classic Tron.

I only enjoyed the first half of the new Tron because I had seen the 1982 version. The first half is a lot of recap with no explanation. You are introduced to things and people with NO context. As a result if you havent seen part1 most of the first half is just a blur with nothing important to take home. BUT if you do take the time to see part 1, you will relish the way Disney has been so true to the original, while enhancing it and making it believable. Actually if you dont see part 1, everything becomes quite meaningless. As in, it becomes an action flick with no link to reality and infact no rhyme or reason in anything. Its like watching a war movie without knowing why the war is being fought.

For example they dont mention what the tron world is all about. They dont tell you about who tron is and why its his name on the title. They dont say how the “world” begins or what is the seed in the real world that gives rise to the ideas in the digital world.

As I said I really loved the way Disney has been so loyal to the original (including the main actor), but still making everything awesome and real. The downside is that there is only one new concept added in the whole movie. But the action and the 3D world make up for that in a way. The 3d is well used through the movie with things being thrown at you and the whole room spinning out of control a couple of times.

In the end the thing that I really loved about this movie is the fact that the concepts from part 1 are so awesome that they look so awesome even today, with a little help from technology.

Of music that goes BUMP in the night

I watched “Harry Potter and the deathly hallows” the other day and since then I have been plagued by a tune from the movie. The tune is one I have heard so often that I know it by heart, but I don’t know its origins. Unfortunately Its not exactly the theme song of the movie, so a simple google of “Harry Potter theme tune” didn’t turn up anything.

I next guessed that it must be by a famous composer, so started going through youtube’s collection of great composers. I didn’t find the one I was looking for, but I did come across some real favorites. I have added in brackets the things that came to mind when I heard them. (I recommend you search for these on youtube, they are magnificent)

1. beethoven’s 5th (Phantom of the opera)
2. William Tell overture (horse racing)
3. Sabre Dance (circus scenes)
4. Beethoven’s Fur Elise (clock alarms and musical jewel boxes)
5. Carl orffs – “O fortuna” (old spice)
6. Beethovens Ode to joy

I then went in search of “chase music” or music used as background for chase scenes and found this gem.

Fast, frenetic, classical music or chase music

I still didn’t find what I was looking for so I then tried

horror and suspense!

and thats when I finally found it. The Hall of the Mountain king by Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt

The video below gives a great visualization of how the piece gets used (abused??) in the movies!

Classical music is so rich, it seems to have a tune for every human emotion.