This past Memorial weekend, one of the few “original content” movies of the summer hit theaters. Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland sees The Incredible director Brad Bird team up with Oscar winner George Clooney in one of the highest anticipated movies of the year. Unfortunately, the mouse house has missed the mark this time. They didn’t miss the mark by much, but the obvious attempt to make this movie life-changing, does the exact opposite. Tomorrowland isn’t without its perks though!
Walt Disney’s Tomorrowland sees The Incredibles director Brad Bird team up with Oscar winner George Clooney in one of the highest anticipated movies of the year. Unfortunately, the mouse house has missed the mark this time. They didn’t miss the mark by much, but the obvious attempt to make this movie life-changing, does the exact opposite. Tomorrowland isn’t without its perks though!
Inspired by the themed land at many of Disney’s theme parks, Tomorrowland is like a $190 million ad for the theme parks. The film being deemed as one of the only “original content” films to be released this summer seems like a false statement to me. Make no mistake, Disney isn’t trying to diversify the types of content being made (this is the studio that has been releasing sequel after remake for the last 5 years) because had this movie not been based on one of the most iconic aspects of their parks, it probably would have never happened. Now that I have that out of the way, TO THE ACTUAL REVIEW!
Tomorrowland is a very inspirational movie. It shows two dimensions that are very different from one another with one of them being Earth and the other being Tomorrowland. Tomorrowland has been recruiting some of the greatest minds that Earth has ever known to create the perfect world. When Frank Walker (George Clooney) was a child, he was recruited into this world but after being banished, he is dragged back to Tomorrowland by a recruiting robot named Athena and Casey Newton who may be Earth’s last hope.
The creators of the film really want you to leave the theater with the desire to make a better world. From extreme hopefulness and ambition of Casey and Athena, to Frank’s turn around from being down on himself, to saving the world, this movie a commercial for inspiration. The problem with this is that it doesn’t feel organic. Tomorrowland recycles the same messages of other movies involving the end of the world and space. The recycling of ideas wouldn’t be an issue had I not felt I was being force-fed inspiration in every scene.
I was really excited to see this movie, but it frustrates me that they didn’t do more with what they had. They really had an opportunity to make this film not only really inspirational for people of all ages but do something different than what so many other movies about futuristic worlds have done. Tomorrowland is more been-there-done-that rather than futuristic.
A major plus for this movie though is the visuals. The actual Tomorrowland city in the movie is absolutely stunning. It is exactly what you expect on a poster from the 50’s promising a better tomorrow. Everything about the city made you wish that science would hurry up already so that our cities could look like that now. The entire look of this futuristic city is incredible! My favorite part though is what happens at the Eiffel Tower. I won’t give anything away but who knew that there was a rocket hidden underneath it?!
In addition the special effects, the acting was quite impressive. George Clooney is amazing in anything he does so just know he was great! The real performance came from Raffey Cassidy who plays Athena. The 12-year-old actress has already accumulated quite the resume with roles in Snow White and the Huntsman and Mr. Selfridge, and there is a perfect reason for this. She is incredible! Her abilities are so beyond her years and she makes you fall in love with her character.
Tomorrowland is far from a dud, but it left you wanting much more.
‘Tomorrowland’ arrived in theaters May 22, 2015 and stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Judy Greer, Hugh Laurie, Tim McGraw, and Kathryn Hahn. The film is directed by Brad Bird.