Tomorrowland is one of the big Disney movies I’d been desperately awaiting! Finally it’s here! Bad news: Yes, it is another Disney disappointment. Good news: George Clooney still is as handsome as ever!
In Tomorrowland we have the story of young, clever teen Casey Newton played by Britt Robertson (Delivery Man, Cake, Video Girl) who finds a mysterious pin among her possessions which when touched by her takes her to a spectacular futuristic world filled with unimaginable technology. With the strong desire to find this world she sets out on a journey to find the pin’s origins. However, she discovers quickly that some don’t want her to find this mysterious land. Soon Casey finds herself unwillingly teamed up with Athena; Raffey Cassidy (Dark Shadows, Snow White and the Huntsmen) a recruitment cyborg who sees potential in Casey and want’s to help get her to Tomorrowland. And the grumpy Frank Walker, played by George Clooney (Gravity, Ocean’s Eleven, The Men who Stare at Goats) a former inventor who was also recruited by Athena but was exiled from Tomorrowland for inventing something terrible. It takes a while, but Frank soon begins to believe that Casey can undo his terrible invention, save Tomorrowland and also save the world. However it’s hard to get past the whole exile thing so they’ll need to find their way through aggressive cyborgs into Tomorrowland to undo Frank’s invention.
I think the best place to start with how this movie flopped so horribly is the beginning. Cause it actually started bad. First of all we have what seems to be a video recording of Frank narrating the story, then there’s a second voice which of course turns out to be Casey who constantly interrupts him to tell him how bad his narration is. Meant to be funny, but it comes off as annoying. The interruptions continue for about ten minutes before Frank finally tells her to tell the story. Which she does, and thank goodness the interruptions stop and we get a movie! Keep this introduction of the movie part in mind, I’m coming back to it later.
I want to point out that characters who’s every line in the script is a question, seriously piss me off! In the middle of cyborgs shooting at and chasing you down Casey had to stop and question EVERYTHING! Apparently life or death situations confuse her. There were a few things done that really had no point. Like when Athena ditches Casey after fighting to track her down only to come back later to pick her up…I was like, ‘Was there a reason for that?’ The constant squabble between Casey and Frank was grating and it was unnerving to see Casey get thrown around so much in the movie. I kept wondering how are her bones still in tact? All these little annoyances continue throughout the movie and then we get to the ending.
Now remember when I told you about the narrating that Frank and Casey were doing? Well it turns out they were telling their story to an audience. Which is cool, but then why did it start out like a video recording? Who was recording? WHY were they recording when the people they were talking to were right in front of them? When the credits started rolling I was both confused and annoyed. Thanks, Disney.
But there were still some good parts of the movie, mainly the visuals of this futuristic world which were amazing! And the back story between young Frank and Athena was kinda heartwarming.
Rated PG for sequences of sci-fi action, violence and peril, thematic elements and language. I’m pretty sure that if you were to subtract twenty years from my age, I might (that’s a strong might) have enjoyed this, so take the kids.
Rotten Tomatoes has this new Disney release at a 49% rotten. Not too bad. Not too good, but not too bad either.
A lot of times during the movie I found myself anxious and fidgety like I was just ready for it to end…it’s not a good feeling to have in a theater. But this might work for a nice Redbox movie, you know if you’re bored and don’t really care what’s on TV. Oh, and I did mention how good George Clooney looks right?