When the teaser trailer (view here) came out we were very intrigued. Where (or when) is this mystery place? What special effects will we see? Will this movie feature hidden Disney easter eggs since it was named after a major attraction. When May rolled around we couldn’t wait to see what this story had in store for us...
Official film 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, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
Tomorrowland is one of those movies that is enjoyable to watch, but is fairly forgettable once you leave the theater. There weren’t any memorable scenes in the movie that left you with a wow factor. The movie takes a while to get going and even once it does, it develops slowly except for the ending, which feels like the writers said “we only have 20 minutes left, better throw together a quick ending.” Visually, it is well done with a few neat scenes, especially in, and the transition to and from, Tomorrowland.
As a fan of Disney history, the World’s Fair scene is neat given its relevance to Walt Disney’s designs in the 1964 version and how those tie into the parks in what would ultimately become Tomorrowland.
There are a few political overtones in the movie that could easily rub some people the wrong way. Included is a few minute diatribe from one of the main characters that examines the world we live in today and why it is facing its predicted outcome. There are many parallels in this movie dialogue to what we are currently facing in today’s world, but it comes across a little too much like “I told you so.” Overall, I enjoyed the movie, but it wasn’t one I would rave about. While I am glad I saw it, it isn’t something I would watch repeatedly.
Right off the bat this movie seemed to have good acting, an interesting storyline and the intrigue of where the story was going to go. It opens in the 1960’s with a young Frank Walker at the World’s fair, who then is introduced to Tomorrowland. Being Disney fans we loved seeing some of the references to historic Disney sprinkled in this chapter.
Then in today’s timeline we meet Casey Newton who comes across a mysterious pin. When she touches it, she gets a glimpse of a futuristic, ideal place. At this point it becomes an interesting journey with Casey as she tries to understand what this place is that she is seeing and how to get there.
This journey takes her to meet Frank Walker who has now become a hermit and says that Tomorrowland is not the same as what she is seeing in the visions. Together they go to find out how to get back there.
I have to say the first two thirds of the movie really drew me in and made me excited to see what would happen next. Then I feel like the story kind of fell apart. Instead of some epic stroryline it seemed like a simple copout with political undertones. I was disappointed with the ending and it made me wishing that someone had taken the story in a different direction.
I think it had promise to be an epic summer blockbuster but unfortunately fell short with some plot holes and lackluster finale, I kept waiting for the big reveal of something amazing. However I’m glad I saw the movie and think it is worth seeing, buy don’t feel the need to rush to the theater. I think it is an attempt at a unique story not seen before and has some very entertaining moments. I enjoyed the characters and the beautiful effects and a lot of the action. And I did geek out at some of the Disney references.
This movie is best for: Renting on Netflix to see the effects
Official movie site: http://www.tomorrowland-movie.com