Tomorrowland Movie Review

Witnessed an absolute massacre on the silver screen last night. We went to see an advanced screening of Tomorrowland. Brief synopsis of the movie. George Clooney is given a pin at the 1964 World’s Fair. He then gets transported into an alternate reality that is for the brightest minds. Years later he has become disgruntled, and ends up being exiled. But a wonderfully optimistic girl named Casey Newton gets the same pin. She ends up getting dropped off at his house so that her optimism can overcome his pessimism and eventually save the world from imminent destruction.

I don’t even know where to start here. There are countless holes in this script. An incredibly unrealistic message behind the movie. A ruthless villain at the start to an “aw shucks” villain at the end. Strange energy between Clooney and a child android. It’s just a choppy special effects movie that has a thrown together script trying to duct tape the positive message to the Disney followers.

George Clooney generally makes good decisions on which roles to tackle. I am not sure what happened here. He is actually the only reason why this movie was tolerable. The special effects were entertaining. There were a couple of very good scenes especially. One that had a young Frank Walker (Clooney’s character) following a little girl that had given him the pin to Tomorrowland. He ends up following her through a swan river maze until they reach a secret area that leads them to his destiny. Another scene of robots coming to destroy both Walker and Casey (Britt Robertson playing the optimistic young girl.) Walker’s house is booby trapped with unseen technology created in case of such an attack. It’s about the only two scenes that stood out to me.

The thing that really bothered me about the movie is the message that they are attempting to portray. That if we just think positively and not always about doom and gloom that everything will just fix itself. It’s a lazy way to look at the world. In an infuriating scene right at the end they end up giving pins to all of these free-thinkers that think outside the box. Money nor power are not required, just put a guitar in somebody’s hands and they can change the world.

Currently this movie is in the 50% range on Rotten Tomatoes. I would have to assume that it’s due to the decent job that they do on special effects. Hugh Laurie also stars in this movie, but is forgettable. The director Brad Bird gave up Star Wars to direct the movie. Maybe he created Tomorrowland to go back in time to stop himself from making this decision.

I give this movie a 2.8/10

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