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TRON: Legacy (2010)
Too subtle for most people?
I fear for Tron Legacy. I was already worried after seeing the scores it got on Rotten Tomatoes. Not because I was afraid it would be bad. But because it seemed that they found little to appreciate where I imagine there is a lot to be appreciated. The main issue I think with this film, is that it's subtle. Especially in regards to it's subtexts. There are a lot of interesting dynamics which mimics religious and Godlike behavior, and the whole movie is really about perfection vs imperfection and the consequence and inherit flaws of perfectionism. However, these are all implied through actions, and are very seldom referred to by itself.
And that's a problem. It ends up being a profoundly deep and interesting movie if and only if the audience wishes to look for it. If they do not look for it, they will see awesome visuals, hear a great soundtrack, but the story will seem simplistic, and it will seem somewhat superficial in it's own right. Where Avatar forces it's own morals and perspective onto us, TL does it's thing and expects the audience to invest themselves in it from the get-go. For me that's great. It means that it's more subtle, yet it doesn't detract from the subtexts present. However it is a problem considering that this movie is supposed to make money. Perhaps the visuals and the soundtrack will save it. But if people aren't invested in the movie, and active participants, the accents that the soundtrack provides throughout the movie may feel out of place...
Beyond that all I can say without spoiling the movie too much, is that except for a few motivations of characters, which seemed somewhat unclear to me, this movie is unmatched in it's originality in Hollywood as far as I can figure. I will need to re-watch it numerous times to be completely sure (that's a good sign), but I think this may actually be one of the few masterpieces of film that comes along. The only director that comes to mind in regards to rivaling Tron Legacy in terms of subtlety within profound subtexts is Andrei Tarkovsky.
Unfortunately though, I do fear for it's blockbuster potential...