I was provided with passes to see an advance screening of “Tomorrowland.” All thoughts are my own.
This pin represents a place where nothing is impossible. The entire film I kept wishing for one of those pins. I wanted to live in a beautiful place filled with hope and fantasy, too.
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” 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.
The film opens with scenes of the 1964 World Fair. ‘There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow’ starts playing, and as a Disney fan, I’m reminded of The Carousel of Progress attraction and the journey a typical family takes through innovation, technology, and the future. It’s then I realized that I was in for a ride through this movie. So I sat back and allowed myself to go on this journey.
In comes the character Frank, as a boy, with his jet pack, ambition, determination, and intelligence. The same characteristics that I imagine a young Walt Disney possessed. We are given a glimpse of Tomorrowland with its beauty and promise. Then we are introduced to Casey who also gets a glimpse of Tomorrowland through a pin she mysteriously receives. She has the courage to embrace the possibilities and goes to find the mysterious place even with the risks that come with it.
On Casey’s adventure she finds a grown Frank (Clooney), perhaps the only person who can get her to Tomorrowland and the lovely visions she’s been having. Clooney is the naysayer, the doubt, the voice in your head that says forget it, you’re wrong. He basically is predicting doomsday, which is what we hear every day, right? Global warming, obesity, inequality, Armageddon, cancer. What’s the point?
For a moment I felt myself getting irritated with Hugh Laurie’s character, David Nix. I felt like I was being lectured about destroying this Earth. That’s to his credit as an actor. I liked him; I didn’t like him. Was he good? Was he bad? In fact, all the acting was superb. Each character was believable and necessary.
I’ll admit some scenes were a little confusing for me. This is definitely not an Avengers-type superhero action movie, but that’s what left me pensive. In fact, I’m still thinking about it days later. “Tomorrowland” pushes you to ask questions, to feel something.
Sometimes I love some good snark. I asked myself why. Am I afraid of something? This film taught me to believe in beauty, love, family, hope, and most importantly, dreams. I think that’s why I gravitate towards
Chris Evans Captain America in the Avengers movies. I admire his goodness and courage. In the end, that’s what makes the world go round. So, what do we do to change the negative? How can we change the world? That’s for each person to decide. I’d like to think that I’m a dreamer and would be recruited to contribute to a better Tomorrowland. The good news is we can recruit ourselves. After all, ‘there’s a great big beautiful tomorrow..just a dream away.’
“Tomorrowland” is in theaters May 22, 2015. Take your family. Be inspired.