Tuesday, December 14, 2010
THE FIRST TIME I SAW THE MOVIE TRON
The year 1982 might just be the best movie year ever! There were so many killer movies during that time and for me, a 12yr old kid, I was in movie heaven. It would be a difficult task if I was pressed to make a list of my top ten movies from ‘82. One movie that would be close to the top was Disney’s Tron. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I became a Tron fan because of the video game. Tron showed up in our town a few months after its July 9th release and only lasted for one week at the Four Seasons Cinema. (That’s the same theater where I first saw Star Wars.) My brother and I were anxiously waiting for Tron to come to a theater near us after reading about it in magazines like Starlog and Electronic Games. Once we saw this newspaper ad in our local paper, we only had one short (it felt like forever) week to wait.
Sometimes a movie going experience can be just as special as the movie itself. This was the case with Tron. Our pal Eddie, a neat guy that went to our church and a close friend of the family, took my brother and me to see Tron.
It was September when we hopped into Eddie’s yellow Volkswagen Rabbit and zoomed down to the cinema. We hung out playing some video games at the small arcade next to the cinema, until it was time to take our seats. Here’s a photo of the interior of the theater back in 2007.
I’m amazed how slow the movie Tron feels when I watch it now, but back then it seemed like the movie flashed by quickly. I think Eddie enjoyed it, but I know Pat and I were really mesmerized by the unique look of the film. Just like most kids who actively played video games we could sort of relate. Hey, we played video games and Flynn played video games too.
Flynn got zapped into a video game and maybe we could get zapped into a video game too. It really opened our imaginations to another world. After seeing Tron, I actually felt sorry every time I would lose a life playing a video game. “Sorry little pixel program dude. I didn’t mean to let that ghost kill you?”
Video games and movies have always shared a big part of my entertainment pastime and seeing Tron for the first time has remained a cherished memory for me. It’s so cherished that I started to pick up Tron merchandise whenever I found it at toy shows. It was cheap stuff back in the 90's and you’ll be seeing some of it this week.
Nowadays, I feel like I’m living in a Bizarro universe where Tron is a popular thing. Time is harsh for some films and many movies that were popular during their time have been forgotten. I like the notion that Tron has done the opposite and now enjoys a cult following. It might kinda look like a silent film compared to the high tech fast-moving pictures of today, but really the film is a piece of art. Next time you watch Tron on DVD, just pause the film and take a look at the different shapes and colors and especially the architecture. Really it’s a beautiful thing!
Thanks Eddie for taking us to see Tron!!!