Sunday, May 24, 2015


Movie Name: Tomorrowland
Year of Release: 2015
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: George Clooney, Brit Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Pierce Gagnon, Thomas Robinson, Chris Bauer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Judy Greer
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Inventive director Brad Bird is back, following the successful "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol". "Tomorrowland" is a fantastic mystery and adventure story, focused on two individuals of different backgrounds who are thrown together in hopes of saving a utopian place, and ultimately the planet itself. The film introduces us initially to the brilliant and resourceful Frank Walker, a young boy who in 1964, follows a lovely young girl named Athena to a world unlike anything he's ever seen. The story suddenly shifts gears, timeline and attention to Casey Newton, a teenage girl who in the present day is using her technological knowledge and expertise to avoid the dismantling of the NASA program where her father works. Casey is picked by Athena, to help sort out problems that exist in this "Tomorrow World". In order to do so, they have to find the adult Frank, who was banished and since then has grown weary and suspicious of all. It's up to these two to join efforts and devise a plan of action. 
Brad Bird has successfully built a career that anchors itself in stories that are intricately well built, and where the heroes usually are aware of their potential, but are initially unable to channel it properly. This was showcased in "The Incredibles", but also "The Iron Giant" and now "Tomorrowland". The film smartly shows hints of what "Tomorrowland" is about, allowing us to understand how this other dimension was built and what was its objective. The film is built like a detective story, in which the younger central character, has first to figure out why she was chosen, and secondly, find the person who can be the solution to it all. There's a mix of mystery, but also of pure joy and amazement, as we see this whole new world from the perspective of the young Casey. The film somewhat falters in the lack of dimension that is given to the main opponent and villain of the story (played without much conviction by Hugh Laurie). The film is nonetheless an opportunity for George Clooney to showcase the humanistic side of his character, one that still allows itself to be dazzled by the promise of a better future, and where Brit Robertson shines as the young and intelligent Casey Newton. Although lacking a more fully developed antagonizing force (and therefore conflict), this is nonetheless a film that primes for originality, vision and entertainment. Worth watching!