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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 19): X-Men: First Class / Tron / Tron Legacy

Continuing a trend tailor-made for the Twitter generation, here are my quick takes on a few recently-watched genre-related films.

My brief thoughts follow…

  • X-Men: First Class (2011) – A good look at the beginnings of the X-Men…and one that thankfully includes the “Humans vs. Mutants” theme that was so nicely done in the first and third X-Men films. One glaring downside: January Jones’ emotionless, Spock-like portrayal of Emma Frost.
  • Tron (1982) – There’s a lot to not like in the story of a programmer who gets transferred into a computer where he just might be able to reclaim his intellectual property: corny dialogue, amateurish acting, disconnected narrative, and outdated effects to name a few. But at least it does hold a certain charm in a geeky kind of way.
  • Tron Legacy (2010) – While there were some silly plot points audiences were expected to overlook, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the film’s look and soundtrack. Visually, the film is fantastic, offering an updated look to the original…and Old Jeff Bridges vs. Young Jeff Bridges was a stroke of genius and well-executed (again visually).
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.
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