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May 22, 2015

Tomorrowland Movie Review

Tomorrowland (Rated PG) is now in theaters!

Synopsis:
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

My middle son and husband went to the advance screening, and below is my husband's review.

Tomorrowland stars Britt Robertson as Casey, a science-loving girl who comes into possession of a pin which transports her to a beautiful place in the future whenever she touches it. When the pin stops working, she tracks down the person she believes can help her get back there - George Clooney's Frank.

The movie is visually beautiful. The city of the future looks stunning and fun, and I wish the movie focused more on this aspect. The acting in the movie was well done by Robertson and Clooney, as well as Hugh Laurie (scientist David Nix), Tim McGraw (Casey's father) and Raffey Cassidy (as the young recruiter, Athena).

Time travel movies will always raise logic questions. If you're lucky, the story is so engaging and the time travel anomalies so small that they don't interfere with your enjoyment of the movie. Unfortunately, this was not the case for me while watching Tomorrowland. The movie seemed to drag on and it got very preachy at times. The pro-science/creativity/artist/dreamer message of Tomorrowland is told to you in lengthy dialogue and not-so-subtle symbolism. There is also a question of elitism as the people of the future only recruit these types to be in their world.

However, I did enjoy the early flashback scene of the World's Fair where I could recognize many locations from inside Disneyland Park where the movie was filmed. They even used the "it's a small world" ride as the secret entrance into Tomorrowland. The action scenes were exciting, but it seems like I'd already seen them in the movie trailers.

The movie's message went a little over my son's head (six years old), and although I would recommend the movie for older kids, he still enjoyed the action and was in awe of the visual effects.

Tomorrowland is now in theaters.  Click here to find tickets.


Thank you to the sponsor for the complimentary tickets.

2 comments:

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  2. The main issue with Tomorrowland is simply that we don’t get to see enough of it. The audience gets a few quick teases early in the film, but when it’s finally time to remove the veil and show us Tomorrowland, it’s too little too late.

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