Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Thomas Robinson
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird
Rating: PG (US) Running Time: 2 hr 10 min
Inspired by a Disney theme park attraction, and directed by Brad Bird, the creative soul behind The Incredibles and The Iron Giant, Tomorrowland is a film that really needed more time on the drawing board. As none of its themes are developed that well, and the universe it creates lands like a collection of fun ideas, with nothing to bind them together.
Tonally, it’s a mess, and its narrative plays out like a giant first act to develop a big mystery plot, followed by a quick conclusion that basically delivers a lecture on how screwed up the world is. Simultaneously bemoaning the human race’s lack of imagination, while also celebrating its many positive traits. This film is essentially told from the perspective of a grumpy old man, complaining about the demise of the ‘good old days.’
On the technical front, Tomorrowland looks great, and the production design and visual effects are top-notch. The film also benefits from a nice performance by Britt Robertson, as the curious teenager swooped up by this science themed mystery. Tomorrowland manages to bring its central point home during the closing minutes of the film. But it’s not enough to save this jumble of unfocused yet bright ideas, that never coalesce into a solid narrative.
Keep your expectations low. The trailer mainly focuses on the most intriguing element in this story – being that touching a pin can transport you to another dimension. But that’s just a small element in this story.
A theater sized screen is the best way to take in this film, just try to catch a matinée performance and save a little cash. If you wait for the rental, get the HD version to play on a nice big TV.
Best Moment: << mild spoiler >>
Frank (George Clooney) and Casey (Britt Roberton) are attacked by androids at Frank’s house. One of these androids manages to grab Frank, but is then hit in the face with a baseball bat by Casey. She then proceeds to go to town on the fallen robot, repeatedly striking it with the bat. Funny!