The trailer for Tomorrowland gave me hopes of a sleeper hit for the summer, but left me with a distaste in my mouth.
While the movie has great visuals, you would expect the film (directed by Brad Bird, who turned down the new Star Wars film to make this one) to spend much time in Tomorrowland, but you don’t. It also manages to deliver a message that has been given to us in other (and better) films: we decide our future as humans.
The film opens up as a monologue (that is interrupted, confusing me a bit). We see a young Frank Welker (Thomas Robinson) at the 1964 Worlds Fair. He is greeted by Athena (a very talented Raffey Cassidey), who introduces him to Tomorrowland. The narrating then shifts to present day where we meet Casey (Britt Robertson), who is arrested after trying to stop the destruction of a launch site. One thing that confused me a great deal was Casey’s age: I was not sure if she was in High School or College (Robertson in real life is 25).
She eventually meets up with Athena (who we learn is a robot) and they meet up with the grown up Frank Welker (George Clooney) as they search for another way back to Tomorrowland. We also meet Nix, played by Hugh Laurie, who has fun asking how the human race could have obesity and starvation happening at the same time.
If you saw the trailer for this film, and were expecting a lot of futuristic art work and CGI, I must sadly tell you there is not much of it. I admit sometimes I like it when a movie is not like the trailer (I thought of the underrated Bridge to Terabithia), but not here. I see a futuristic city in a film’s trailer, I expect a good amount of that futuristic city to be in the film. There are two cool scenes on earth, however, involving a Sci-Fi shop and a house booby-trapped to perfection.
Parents, there is some swearing, and some action/scary moments that I feel may be too much for anyone pre kindergarden. Sadly, the film won’t appeal much to anyone over the age of thirteen or fourteen either. I do agree with the lesson of the movie, but not how it was told (nor, for that matter, how long it took to tell it. At just over two hours, it felt like it lasted for three).
Overall: Two Stars **