I really liked the effects. The new light cycles and the digital world special effects are terrific and groundbreaking. I think it will have a huge effect on digital filmmaking in the future. The effects that made actors look younger was ok, but left the actors with a sort of rubber looking face. For example, the young Jeff Bridges looks jus a little bit off.
I also liked the score by Daft Punk. I thought there score really did the film justice and framed the scenes well. They did a nice job with handling orchestration as well.
A few things let me down. First the plot was really thin and almost undetectable. Second, the acting was not the best. Michael Sheen was way over the top, but his Bowie-isms were pretty funny. Jeff Bridges had this thing where he kept sliding into The Dude which was really distracting. Garret Hedlund was kind of weak. I think he’s a better actor that what we see here. Still he mugs at the camera a lot. Third, it runs allmost 10 minutes too long and never tightens up some plot holes.
I went into Tron: Legacy with an open mind. I wanted it to be a rewarding SF romp. What it really is could be described as a popcorn movie. A simple romp of fun at the movies where you don’t think much and just roll with it (like The Matrix films). However, since Tron was a more cerebral SF film it made you expect more from this.
The other thing is that Tron’s actually role in the digital world is never really spelled out. At one point he is hunting the Flynns and Quora. Then he stops. I want to think that this is becuase some stuff got edited and not the fault of a bad script.
In general Tron: Legacy, although a bit long, is a fun romp of geeked out effects and suspension of disbelief. However, I am scared to know that two more films are coming in the Tron series.