The lesson I learned from Tron: Legacy

To HELL with BOTH of you! Let the OLD GUY live.

This post contains spoilers of ¬†the movie¬†Tron: Legacy. Do not come up in here if you don’t want it spoiled. Additionally there is some R-rated language ahead. You have been warned.

Dear beloved Hypertransitory readers, I’ve just come back from watching Tron: Legacy. As I was watching it something was bothering me, something in the back of my mind. It was a sour feeling that kind of tainted the movie, because I could see where it was going.

The lesson is this: I’m a crotchety old man, and I MUST LIVE.

Getting Older is a Bitch

You know, it’s funny how your perspectives change as you get older. Back in the days I would watch these horror movies or disaster movies and I’d see how the older people always got churned up into a million pieces and left to die while the young people rode off into the sunset.

When I was in my teens and twenties, well yeah it just seemed like it was only right. The circle of life, right? Damn you old fools, make way so I can LIVE. Right?

Well, no. Actually, let me say this in negro-speak: HELL NO. Hell to the naw.

I’ll be forty in a couple of years and I’m not going out that way. Not the kid. Not me, man. Nope.

What’s even worse than all the old folks being slaughtered is that most of the time they sacrifice themselves for the sake of the young people. More specifically, the young couple in love.

Let me make this clear: all you people in love, that’s great and everything, but I’m not sacrificing a DAMN thing for someone else’s young love.

Straight to HELL with young love. I must LIVE.

It’s your duty to die, old man

Usually the old man or woman (usually old man -maybe in his 50’s or something -but these days anyone over 30 is old in Hollywood) looks on wistfully at the young couple as he knows he’s about to eat it big time. You know how it goes, like he’s trapped himself in the room with the bomb so they can live, or he’s given up his spot on the helicopter so they can fly off while they look down on him like “thanks you old useless bow-legged hunchback snaggle-tooth FOOL.”

That’s when they high-five each other like “damn I can’t believe that old fool did that! YES!”

No wait, what’s even better is when the old person throws themselves in the path of the monster or killer to be ripped apart and devoured so their old and tired (but still delectable) bones can buy the young lovers a few extra seconds to escape death.

AWWWW. How touching.

Man. That was then. I’m not going for this shit anymore. Not anymore.

Time to change it up, Hollywood!

They’ve gotta change it up a little, at least so it’s not so mind-numbingly predictable. You already know who’s gonna die as soon as you get the shake-out of the characters. Just start counting, ok here’s the young lovers, and here’s some moderately young folks that *might* survive, and the rest of these old asses will be getting killed at 10 minute intervals throughout the last half of the film.

See I just wouldn’t let it go down like that. There’s always a choice, like when the old guy is dangling from a cliff, but the young hot chick is also dangling. There’s only seconds to act and the young hero can only save one. What to do? WHAT TO DO??

Well, any respectful old person will just let go and sacrifice himself to spare the young hero this horrible decision, and so they can go on and live their wonderful lives, made all the more poignant by the awful tragedy they have endured…together.

It’s not as awful as the tragedy the old man endured as his bones shattered and broke and his skin ripped off as he screamed like a byatch when he hit the bottom of the cliff when he fell. You can rest assured that the young couple have moved on to the next plot point (or the credits) by the time he hits ground.

If I was in those movies it would go down a little bit different:

Dangling from cliff…
Young Hero: Oh my god, I can’t save you both!!
Young Heroine: I love you so much!!
Me: Hey man, FUCK HER!! Get over here and pull me up, goddamit!!
Young Hero: But John, I have to save her!
Me: I repeat…FUCKHER!! Now pull me the fuck up! I’m not playin’ around here, man!
Young Heroine: (Breathlessly) I don’t care what happens, as long as YOU live. I love you so much, I remember the first time we kissed..!
Me: Whatever, beotch! You heard her, man, she don’t care what happens, now PULL! ME! UP!!

Look, sorry. I know it’s not very heroic of me, but I’m not very gracious and polite when I’m under duress so you’ll have to forgive me.

Scene change -the aftermath. Me sitting around with my (old) buddies playing cards:

Me: (laughing) Yeah man, he didn’t want to make the choice and pull me up, so I had to lean over and kick that byatch off the side of the cliff.
(everyone laughs, drinks beer)
Me: Yeah he had to pull me up after that. (swigs beer) Young punk.
Friend: Damn, man. Wasn’t he mad?
Me: Yeah he was mad, looking all sad and pouty and shit, so I ended up kicking him down the cliff, too. Put him out of his misery. You know, showed him some mercy.
Friend: You’re a good man, JG.
Me: Yeah, I know. Normally that goes without saying, but it’s nice to hear.

I don’t think we’ll ever see my kind of ending in the Hollywood movies.

Man, I don’t care if I’m 99 years old, can barely see, talk, walk or clean myself – I’m not sacrificing a damn thing. I might have one good year of life left.

Now get over here and change my diaper, already. I just messed myself.


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11 thoughts on “The lesson I learned from Tron: Legacy

  1. Man, that’s some funny stuff right there! I dig the site. Also, I had never really noticed it before, but you are right. Hollywood does seem to always kill off the old people. I guess since I’m still in my early 20’s it didn’t phase me. But no more man. That’s going to be the only thing I can think about from now on when I see these movies!

  2. Thanks for dropping in, Mitch.

    Yeah you don’t notice it until you start getting older thinking “damn that could be me!”

    Looks like you’ve got a great start to your site over there. I’m using Contact Form 7 myself, though not to the fullest it seems. See ya!

  3. So hilarious posts! I can’t help but laugh after reading the last part. I am serious all over here then I found your page, it’s an ice breaker indeed.

  4. Lol!! I had a feeling you would make the choice for him. Too hysterical. I would like to think my over 40 self could dive and roll out of danger without my back going out or the sounds of creaking popping bones accompanying the soundtrack. At least in my mind I will outrun that 20-something and be the one to survive the firey explosion.

    1. Heck you and me BOTH, Melinda! We old folks gotta stick together so we can make the credits at the end of the movie…

  5. The thing I learned is that now as then the script writers still have no idea what a computer is or how to use technical terminology. That the bad guys now as then are the worst actors.

    1. Lol Alex. I never have figured out why it’s so impossible for current computer technology to be accurately represented onscreen either.

      Still, I had a fun time with this Tron, just not for the reasons they hoped…

  6. Hi John! Nice post)) I fully agree, that healthy egoism is totally natural and good. I like that you’re so fair when sharing your thoughts, because it’s a bit untypical in our polite as hell society ;D You know, Tron: Legacy is a really stupid film, it’s so damn boring and I didn’t like it at all. If you were a film director, I guess you’ll be making films like “Thank You for Smoking”, I mean that cynical yet fair and cool. I like such films, too. Why the hell do they show us some stupid fairy tales instead of showing it as it is?

    1. Hey Claire,

      normally I might chill a little bit when I write up stuff, but that movie kind of pissed me off. Plus the spectre of death looming over me, forcing me to face my own mortality made me a bit irritable, I guess, lol.

      “Thank You for Smoking” was hilarious, though. gotta check that out again.

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