I’ve finally got round to watching Tomorrowland and I’m kicking myself for having not seen it sooner.
Tomorrowland stars Britt Robertson (Under The Dome, Dan In Real Life) as Casey Newton (note the name, there’s a few of those thrown in), a curious, teenage prodigy who’s NASA father has taught her to never give up. She is ‘recruited’ by Raffey Cassidy as Athena (Snow White and the Huntsman, Dark Shadows) and brought into another world, one that seems much more futuristic then where she’s left. Obviously it isn’t all plain sailing and she ends up having to team up with George Clooney as Frank Walker, who plays a former boy-genius inventor who was also once recruited by Athena but things didn’t quite work out. Together they must save the world, but is it from themselves, man, or Nix, played by Hugh Laurie?
For me, a film should transport me somewhere, I should come out from seeing it either wanting to be the main character or wanting to be in the world I’ve just witnessed. Tomorrowland achieves the latter. Brad Bird takes directing duties and he does a fabulous job. The whole film pops and zings from the screen, it looks amazing. Fluid shots are interjected with more urgency when the time requires but it’s done without the use of ‘shaky cams’ or too close-up that you miss what’s actually happening shots.
The script, by Damon Lindelof (most famous for Lost) zips along with the main meaning of the film coming slightly out of leftfield but not so much that it doesn’t make sense. Although with it being quite far from what you probably expected it does require Hugh Laurie to do a bit of a speech about it all, which probably could have been done better, the message, not the speech. Still, the message is clear, we’re messing the world up, all the signs are there (“obesity and famine ravaging the world at the same time”) and yet we chose to ignore them because “the future we accept doesn’t ask anything from us now”. A line that is very poignant and a very clever way of looking at things.
There’s some nice names thrown into the mix during the movie. Look out for Hugo Gernsback (published the first science fiction magazine) and could Clooney’s own Frank Walker, full name John Francis Walker be a reference to John Francis the environmentalist? Given the message of the film, possibly.
Whatever you think about movies with a message, I think you can enjoy this one without feeling like it’s trying to ‘ram’ home the message, I absolutely loved the film. The visuals were amazing, the performances were great. The core message, that we shouldn’t give up, is a fantastic one. So much so that straight after I watched it, I spent a fortune buying the limited edition Blu-ray!