Tomorrowland – ★ ★ ★ ★ DVD Review
It’s been a long time now since I’ve actually watched Tomorrowland, but it was in my queue of films to review, so, being the completist that I am, I figure I should put something up about it. My biggest problem with Tomorrowland is that it is very difficult to explain what actually happened. I enjoyed it, but how to sum it up? Also, my memory isn’t the greatest, so it’s entirely probably I’ll get something wrong here…
It’s the 1960s and young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) is an inventive genius. Hearing of an expo for bright minds held by the Tomorrowland group, headed by Mr. Nix (Hugh Laurie), he rushes to show off his home made jetpack. Unable to get the machine to function properly, but impressing Athena (Raffey Cassidy) a young lady in the group, he is granted permission to join them in Tomorrowland! Well, not exactly, Athena kind of sneaks him in, but his ingenuity does impress Nix enough that he is allowed to stay. Tomorrowland is more than just a place, it is a concept, and it is kind of contained in a separate dimension or time from our own Earth. Passage to Tomorrowland is controlled by special badges that those chosen get to wear.
Flash forward to the present and young Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a clever young lady who has been secretly sabotaging the NASA launch pad where her father (Tim McGraw) works. The pad is being closed and dismantled, but she keeps breaking the cranes and demolition machines so her father can keep his job a bit longer. Somehow she stumbles upon a Tomorrowland badge and is shown a glimpse of the bright, technological future they promise. When she eventually gets to Tomorrowland though she finds that it is mostly deserted, but she needs someone else to tell her why. Teaming up back on regular Earth with a bitter old Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Athena they need to stop Nix from prematurely destroying the world based on his own “doomsday clock” that has already predicted our demise. Frank has been keeping track of the doomsday clock too from his secluded house, but notices when Casey interacts with him that the clock pauses, and reverses, and gives hope.
The whole message of the film is revealed in that; if enough young people care and think and people work together for the betterment of our society and of our world, we can accomplish something glorious and maybe Utopian like a Tomorrowland. The world is going to end because we believe it will end, all it takes is someone who has the right combination of imagination and determination to save the day. How the film relays us that message is what I really enjoyed about it. There were great action scenes, fights, chases, and explosions. The pace of the film was very good, and when the fantasy did let up for a few minutes we were treated to very touching, very emotional and very skilled performances. George Clooney was excellent. I did not expect him to have the chemistry that he did with his far younger co-stars. The scenes he shared with Raffey Cassidy were fantastic. It’s funny, as I think back about how I review films, it seems that quite often I (whether consciously or unconsciously) focus on a particular actor or character; in Tomorrowland it was Athena/Raffey Cassidy. She was incredible. I’m going to spoil things here a bit: Athena is a sentient robot, and young Frank fell in love with her (and he believed she fell in love with him) before discovering what she was. When old Frank (Clooney) meets back up with her, I really felt the weight of that relationship from both of their performances. That is why I really enjoyed Tomorrowland. In a way, it reminded me of old, or classic science fiction in that it had an incredible moral and lots of fun, fantasy and action along the way.
Bottom Line: Tomorrowland didn’t exactly win at the box office or in the eyes of critics; I hope that does not derail in any way the career of the film’s young stars. I look forward to seeing more from both Raffey Cassidy and Britt Robertson.
Posted on 16-06-21, in 4 Star, Movie Reviews and tagged Brad Bird, Britt Robertson, Disneyland, George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Tomorrowland. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.