It was a busy weekend, what with the 100th running of Bay to Breakers. I ran/walked with V, who was quite the trouper. Time: 1:57:49. Not too bad.
Suffice to say, I didn’t get to do much with the rewrite. Just a little development around the end of Act Two and working into Act Three.
Although I did come up with two possible significant developments.
First – slightly changing the rules of how this world works. I’d been very stubborn in trying to come up with something different I liked, not that I wasn’t trying. But I think I may have found a solution that works for me and for the story. I’ll have to see if it fits. Sure hope so.
Second – I forget where I read it, but the article was about how a mentor character usually has to be gotten rid of in order for the hero to show growth. As much as I hate to say it, I think I know which character is going to have to kick the bucket. Which is a shame, because I really like this character a lot. But they go down fighting – literally, and for a very good reason. Oh well.
Movie of the Moment: TRON: LEGACY. Man, what a disappointment. I can see why it bombed. It was a great concept – updating the ‘inside the computer world’ for the modern digital age, but oh-so-poorly executed! Why couldn’t they have spent as much time on the script as they did on making it look good? A quick check of imdb shows that this had FOUR writers on the story, two of which did the screenplay. Four? Four guys and it still sucked?
And don’t get me started on this whole ‘computerized Jeff Bridges face to look younger’ thing. That was awful AND distracting.
There were just way too many plotholes and inconsistencies to make it really work. What was stopping Clu from finding where Flynn was hiding? What was stopping him from getting to that outgoing message-beam-thingy? Where did all of his soldiers come from? I thought Sam was changed by that laser cannon thing in Flynn’s office into digital information, so then why was he bleeding on the Grid? How the hell did Quorra become real when they got out of there? How did Flynn know that Rinzler was really Tron? How did Tron survive getting killed by Clu? Why didn’t they ever show his face (probably blew the budget on youth-ifying Bridges, so they couldn’t afford to do Boxleitner as well)? I really thought the snotty ENCOM guy in the boardroom was going to play an important role, but was just in that one scene.
These are just some of the things I was thinking while watching this. Once again, too much hype, and a big fat fail on the execution. I suspect this will not become the cult classic the first one was. While that had its fair share of story problems, at least it wasn’t on the same level as this.
Did I mention the cg was good? Probably the only good thing about it.