Is Tomorrowland Worth Your Money?
Tomorrowland: Not just an outdated part of Disney Land anymore!
Director: Brad Bird (Batteries Not Included, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles)
Writers: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof (Lost, World War Z, Prometheus), and Jeff Jensen
Starring: George Clooney (your fantasies), Hugh Laurie (House M.D.) , Britt Robertson (Scream 4, Under the Dome)
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.*
Tomorrowland much like Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Haunted Mansion is a part of Disneyland that has been converted into a feature film. While watching it I was generally entertained. It wasn’t a great movie, but I didn’t get any overwhelming feelings to leave the theater. Thinking about the movie the next day though, I started to become more disillusioned with it and my opinion went from mediocre, to disappointed. Disney has been riding high on the success of Marvel and Pixar, but it was inevitable that they would come out with a flop sooner or later. I think this will be their humbling that they occasionally need.
I always wait to research the movies I screen until after I’ve see them so I can be as unbiased as possible going in. I don’t want who makes a film to shape what I feel about it. After leaving the theater I had family and friends ask me what I thought about it. I couldn’t place my finger on why, but for some reason I felt offended by the story. The direction was fine, the acting was fine, the cinematography was fine, the score was fine, everything was fine. Even so…something wasn’t right. I realized it was the writing. Something about the writing felt wrong. It was as if someone took the script and made a simple story unnecessarily convoluted and overly hypocritical. It shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me to discover that Damon Lindelof helped write the script. You may have heard his name before. I personally blame him for all of the frustrating plot holes in the TV series Lost. He’s also the one who ruined Prometheus, added the ridiculousness to World War Z, and was responsible for the negative parts of the two most recent Star Trek movies. Basically, he keeps getting hired to come in and ruin people’s stories much like Michael Bay has consistently ruined our childhoods.
If I were to sum up the messages and morals in this story, I’d have to say I agree with them. It teaches lessons I want children to learn. My issue is that Tomorrowland goes about it in a way that feels more like outrageous propaganda and less like the reality that children need to know. This movie actually threatens them with nuclear annihilation if they don’t manage to stop global warming.
My advice is to skip this movie in theaters. If your kid really wants to see it, rent it for them. I’d suggest talking to them about it afterwards to answer their impending questions of our impending doom. Don’t have kids? Then I’d say skip it! You as an adult should already know we’re screwed.
*Official synopsis courtesy of Disney