Tomorrowland (2015)

Tomorrowland is that movie that George Clooney stars in that got mixed reviews. This is the latest film by Brad Bird, it has a screenplay by Damon Lindelof, that guy from Lost. It’s not that bad of a movie it just takes a while to get the plot moving. Spoilers to follow.

The film begin with funny scene with Frank Walker (Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) telling the story to us. Frank want to take it the dark route, the future is scary but Casey continually interject some positive light about the future. We then are transported to Frank’s childhood, he traveled to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Frank brings his invention, a jet pack with him, to enter an invention contest. David Nix (Hugh Laurie), is the head of the contest but isn’t impressed since it has no purpose. Later on Athena (Raffey Cassidy) gives Frank a pin with a “T” on it and tells Frank to follow them. the pin brings Frank to a transport and he is transported to Tomorrowland where his jet pack get fixed and flies around landing in from of David and Athena. This is one of the problems with the film to many characters and it takes to long for anything to actually happen.

So the film go back to the present with Casey sabotaging the machines taking down a decommissioned NASA launch pad, she get arrested and gets a pin like Frank had when her Dad (Tim McGraw) bails her out, actually he call in some favors. Casey is memorized by the pin and wants to go to Tomorrowland. The battery on the simulation dies and Casey wants more so she looks for a pin online and there a place in Houston that knows about the pin so she leaves Cape Canaveral and travels to Houston. At the memorabilia shop she runs into Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn who are robots from Tomorrowland this is a great scene. Athena shows up and rescues Casey and they set off for New York where Frank lives. This starts a journey which leads to Paris where there is a rocket that  Gustave Eiffel, Jules Verne, Nikola Tesla, and Thomas Edison built as a way to get to Tomorrowland. They blast off and when they get to Tomorrowland it is nothing like we saw it earlier.

The basic theme of the film is that we need to have more people hopeful about the future then those who can only see the doom and gloom that we currently like to hype. As Bird said “We set out to make a fable or a fairy tale about what happened to the positive view of the future and how can we get it back and pursue that idea.” This positive look at the future is something has been lacking for a while now in film and on television since everything it seems is set in a dystopian world. We need to be able to see the future in a positive light everyone in awhile.

 

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