With the opportunity of futurist amazement, and creative aspirations that movies have been bringing to the silver screen, Tomorrowland is exciting to the public to see what Disney is newest film going to portray one of the most popular attractions at Disneyland. Yet, did it bring the ahhhs that is expected? It certainly didn’t.
Director Brad Bird who is known for Pixar’s Incredibles and Ratatouille brings us the story of Frank Walter (played by George Clooney) who had been selected to go to a mysterious place that we know as Tomorrowland. We follow his doom and gloom story, till he is interrupted Casey Newton (played by upcoming actress Britt Robinson). Through her, we start hearing her story who has a different perspective of how she was selected to go to Tomorrowland. The land that she could only get a glimpse into. We find very shortly that Tomorrowland is governed by Nix (played by Hugh Laurie).
I am not going to divulge more into the plot. To me this movie totally caught me off guard. It didn’t impress me, nor did it loose me. It is a movie that I felt that left a lot on the table with creative notions that I expected. It almost made the point of the movie more about a political agenda and ‘humans are stupid’ and ‘we know what is best by manipulating them.’ Then throw in some jet packs…, but in all reality, it became like a kid friendly terminator movie with one man who is manipulating humanity.
I felt that the opportunity using Disneyland’s Tomorrowland themes and rides would have brought more creativity into the film. It would have been more exciting and brought out the innovations that we all hope and love about it, yet it didn’t. It was a crotchety old man and a rebel girl who try to prove hope, and that ‘us humans are still worthy.’ I guess it doesn’t help that Disney had just released a TV series months prior to the movie called Miles from Tomorrowland which has nothing even close to what this Tomorrowland movie is about.
This all that said, I cannot recommend this film. It just fell short. There were to many coincidences and short comings that really didn’t work. I was more disappointed that with the star and talent quality the movie had on and off the camera, it felt like a political agenda more than a futuristic film. However Tomorrowland fans, if you really wanted to see the vision of what Walt Disney had in mind compiled into a movie, check out ‘Meet the Robinsons’ which came out in 2007. That movie had what I considered the meaning of Tomorrowland…but not this movie.
One last thought: Movies like Tomorrowland disappointed me because it had a forced message for a movie that was portrayed to be a spectacle for the big screen. That is why I loved the movie Mad Max. We need more films like Mad Max to bring the excitement to want to watch it in the theatre rather than waiting for it to rent or stream at home.