[Movie Review] Future Is Bright In ‘Tomorrowland’
Disney’s shiny new fantasy adventure Tomorrowland is quite possibly the most positive-minded and inspirational movie of the year, where the unabashed hopefulness of childhood dreams can create a better a tomorrow as long as the young dreamers of the world never stop believing.
Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Tomorrowland is also the most retro-styled look at the future that moviegoers have seen in a very long time, as there are no killer Terminators hunting humans or teens forced to fight to their death for entertainment or even one single zombie in sight in this decidedly more upbeat vision of tomorrow than so many other recent films have presented.
In fact the worst nightmare imaginable in this future is the death of imagination itself, killed off by the fatalistic self-fulfilling prophecies of a generation lost inside their electronic devices who give up the fight for a better tomorrow without even starting, because it’s easier to accept that everything is only getting worse rather than take on the daunting challenge of actually trying to change things.
This is heavy stuff for PG-rated summer blockbuster starring George Clooney (Batman and Robin, The Perfect Storm, Gravity) as a cranky former inventor who lost his passion when a pretty robot from the paradise-for-geniuses known as (but never actually referred to in the film as) “Tomorrowland” broke his heart as a child, but it is good, thoughtful stuff that kids today need to hear, whether they think they do or not.
North Carolina native Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, The Longest Ride) stars as a fearlessly hopeful young person who dreams of becoming an astronaut. When she discovers a magical pin that transports her momentarily to the titular place where the brightest and most creative minds in the world are brought to flourish, she is on a mission to get to Tomorrowland for real, which leads her to Clooney’s heartbroken hermit Frank Walker, and their journey begins.
Robertson is the perfect “every girl”. Not too Hollywood-glamorous or unbelievably badass, she is just the right mix of curiosity, wonder, and at times even rage at the ongoing stifling of the dreams that could create a better tomorrow, having seen through her pin what “better” could truly look like.
In my own somewhat fatalistic view of the immediate future, I imagine that much of what makes Tomorrowland so great will be lost on, or at least remain undiscovered by, too many insta-fed moviegoers during its ongoing theatrical run, though the film will undoubtedly eventually earn its rightful place among the most beloved of all Disney live action epics, if only in good time.
I recommend you see Tomorrowland while it is still in theaters, and further urge you to embrace its themes of hopeful determination for the betterment of all mankind before the possibility of a bright tomorrow is gone forever, because this movie is a future classic.
Official Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Reviewed by: Matt Artz
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Tomorrowland (rated PG) is now playing at R/C KDH Movies 10 in Kill Devil Hills.