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TRON: LEGACY is My All-Time Favorite Movie, and Here’s Why

To celebrate the debut of RADICAL GRID, I share the reasons why TRON: LEGACY is my favorite movie.

For some people, naming their top favorite movie is a difficult task. For many others, it depends on their mood or what they’re into at that point in time. To be honest, it took me a few years to figure it out. All I had to do was reflect what movies had a lasting impact on me. After mulling it over in my head, I realized Tron: Legacy was that movie.

To show people how legitimately excited I was to watch the sequel, here is a snapshot of the reaction I posted in my old Facebook account. 

Here’s an excerpt of another reaction I wrote in Livejournal:

I even reached out to FanFiction.net the next day and asked them to create a category for Tron: Legacy because I had a mighty need to read and write fan fiction.

Now, here’s a tweet and Instagram post from a few months ago. Same enthusiasm, same dedication, same love. 

I have plenty of favorite movies, but Tron: Legacy always comes out on top and here are 5 reasons why that’s the case.

1. When mind wanders, 95% of the time I’m imagining what happened to the characters after the movie.

It’s true. If my eyes glaze over while we’re in conversation, chances are it’s because my mind is wandering and curiously thinking about what happened to Sam Flynn and Quorra weeks or months after the events in Legacy. How is Sam handling his new responsibilities? How is Quorra adjusting to her life outside the Grid? Are they carrying out his father’s work to reshape the human condition?

When a movie keeps me guessing and imagining what comes after, especially years after its release, I consider that a top favorite in my mind.

2. “The Son of Flynn” has been my alarm tone for the past couple of years.

It’s a known fact Tron: Legacy has one of the best soundtracks of all time. Every morning I wake up to “The Son of Flynn” and it never gets old. I also use it for other alarms throughout the day, and sometimes, I just let it play out the whole song.

There was also this one occasion when the alarm went off in public and someone recognized it. I wish I could have recorded my reaction because my eyes lit up and I proceeded to talk about how much I love Tron: Legacy for the next 5 minutes. Don’t even get me started on how I geek out whenever I hear a track playing in a public setting. It makes me giddy every single time.

3. Every time I put Legacy in the background to work on something, I end up watching the whole thing instead.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t work in complete silence, especially when it comes to writing or working on crafts. Sometimes, I put Friends or something funny, but most of the time, I stream Tron: Legacy.

While I’ve seen the movie hundreds of times, I still get distracted by it to the point where I don’t get any work done. It always captures my undivided attention. And if I catch it by chance on television, I drop everything just to watch it, even though I own it on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital.

4. The references to the original 1982 movie always bring a smile to my face.

I don’t remember when I first watched Tron, but I know I did it at some point between 2008 and 2010 in preparation for the sequel. I just remember loving every moment. No matter how many times I watch Legacy, my eyes and ears always pick up on the 1982 Easter eggs. Every single reference makes me smile from ear to ear, like I’m just discovering them for the first time. No other sequel, reboot, or remake has that kind of effect on me.

5. The story, regardless of what anyone says, is brilliant.

Most of the time, I see people comment on how the story lacked depth or how it was mediocre. Say what you want, but besides the pretty visuals and catchy music, the story is what primarily pulled me in. The great Kevin Flynn goes missing and his son discovers the reason why years later. Not only that, but everything his father told him about the Grid had been twisted and warped by the Program Flynn created. The hero we so greatly admire does what any father would do and sacrifices himself to save his son, his legacy. It’s a beautifully written story with its own set of flaws, but it’s my favorite story and nobody will ever change my mind.

We all love this movie for different reasons. Share with us what you love most about Tron: Legacy.

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