Published on May 22nd, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
MOVIE REVIEW: Tomorrowland – A World Beyond
Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, Casey (Britt Robertson) and a former boy-genius inventor, Frank (George Clooney) jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”
Ever since director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof revealed a mystery box 2 years ago to tease this movie, the internet has been going nuts to find clues within it. Was it a Walt Disney biopic, a space faring film based around the Disneyland area the movie takes its name from or something else entirely. I’m happy to say that it’s kind of all them in one.
Although not a straight biopic, it has Walt’s inspiration all over it, with the sense of wonder and discovery and even though it’s not a space faring film our protagonists have to go on a journey which has some basis in the real Tomorrowland Disney Park.
This film has epic action, wondrous awe inspiring visuals and real heart to it but it also has a very preachy side too. Basing your film around the end of the world didn’t quite sit with me as a good starting point for a kids movie, this brings me to the pacing and tone of the film which wildly goes from humorous highs to dizzying lows with the film being a structural nightmare.
It wears its earnestness on its sleeve which doesn’t make me hate the movie but between that and the peachiness the film just seemed a bit meh. To be honest though that could be because the movie just isn’t for me as the kids in the crowd that i saw it with seemed to love it or it’s just the cynic in me that won out as the tug of war between that and hope is prevalent throughout.
George Clooney plays a very uptight and at times unlikable character which is very different to what he’s done before while Britt Robertson is great as the young lead who is the light in this otherwise dark film. Hugh Laurie crops up too but doesn’t have much to do.
I think Tomorrowland is just one of them films that you’ll either love or hate depending on your age and mentality, so all i can recommend is that if the premise or trailers piqued your interest then give it a watch.
“Tomorrowland: A World Beyond’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Brad Bird is back with a Sci-Fi spectacular which has its moments but doesn't quite soar.