A teenage genius and a disgraced scientist embark on a journey across dimensions to find a haven of scientific thought called Tomorrowland.
Directed by Brad Bird
Written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird
Starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy,
Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, Pierce Gagnon
Based on the theme park attraction by Disney
I'd heard terrible things about Tomorrowland. Some said it was boring, others said it was uneventful. More harsh critics even panned it for its lack of story. I for one am glad I gave it a chance myself, as it was an intriguing story about the power of intelligence and the responsibility that comes with it. Led by a gruff but endearing performance from George Clooney, Tomorrowland will bring out your inner child. You know who I mean. The one who always wanted to be an astronaut.
This film revolves around a pin that shows young Casey (Britt Robertson) another world that is considerably more scientifically advanced than ours. From there, the story goes further down the rabbit hole than I anticipated, with robots, dimensional travel, time warps, and a rocket hidden inside the Eiffel Tower. While the film was clearly made in response to the success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (Disney figured they could capitalize on another theme park attraction), Tomorrowland is actually a decent film loaded with good performances and a heartfelt message about treating our planet with respect and dignity.
Though the film does end right where you would want it to really get going, it doesn't treat its audience like idiots and is rather dark for a kids movie. Also, the last half of the film is highly reminiscent of TRON and becomes awfully jumbled, which is probably where a lot of the hate came from. Still, I can't say I didn't find myself entertained while watching and in the end, that's really what I look for the most.