In a time of sequels, remakes, and unoriginal ideas, it’s refreshing to see something original and based on a Disneyland theme park. It’s also refreshing to see a trailer that doesn’t give away too much. Brad Bird (who directed the best of the Mission: Impossible series) and co-writer Damon Lindelof were inspired by Walt Disney’s theory on utopia. They introduce a visually busy but dazzling world in Tomorrowland.
As a child, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) dreams of going into space. She lives in Cape Canaveral with her father (Tim McGraw), who used to be a NASA engineer until the Kennedy Space Pad launch pad closed. When she gets out of jail for trespassing, Casey comes across a mysterious pin with a ‘T’ on it. Every time she picks it up, she gets transported in the futuristic utopia of Tomorrowland, where the best minds use science to keep the future stable. Unfortunately, she only has a limited amount of time to experience the world for herself. Then, she meets Frank Walker (George Clooney), a former boy genius who once entered Tomorrowland as a child but became a recluse years after he got banished by Governor Nix (Hugh Laurie, House). Casey shows him the pin. They embark on a journey to this world free from politics with droid Athena (Raffey Cassidy). Those are the basics of what the movie is about. I want you to see the movie for yourselves.
Even though its tone goes all over the place, Bird makes the audience get sucked into this world he creates that is full of wonder and amazement. Every good sci-fi needs to have a complex concept. Tomorrowland delivers with its great ideas concerning the future and being able to fix it for the better. Robertson, Clooney, and Laurie bring the optimistic energy into this wry, thrilling, whimsical, and thought-provoking story that would be more suitable for older kids and adults. Bird never drags the pace during the action and philosophy, especially when Nix gives his monologue about the future. If this movie came out ten years ago, it would have blown my mind. Is it a perfect movie? No. But it’s a damn good movie. I predict 20 years from now, Tomorrowland will become a Disney sci-fi classic. This is an invitation to something extraordinary.