2015 Summer Movie Review: Tomorrowland

Casey (Britt Robertson) enters Tomorrowland in Brad Bird’s latest sci-fi adventure

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.

3/4

My Most Anticipated Movies for 2015

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you made your resolutions. Last year has been a strong year for movies. There were many great surprises and some great disappointments. I hope 2015 will have movies that will meet and exceed audience’s expectations like last year. With that said, here is my list of the ten most anticipated movies for this year.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order): Child 44 (April 17), Crimson Peak (October 16), Far From the Madding Crowd (May 1), The Good Dinosaur (November 25), The Hateful Eight (December 25), In the Heart of the Sea (December 11), Inside Out (June 19), Jupiter Ascending (February 6), The Last Five Years (February 13), Pan (July 24), Paper Towns (June 5), True Story (April 10)

10. Ant-Man (in theaters July 17; directed by Peyton Reed; starring Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Hayley Atwell, and Corey Stoll) – Before seeing footage for this, I haven’t heard a lot about Ant-Man. Paul Rudd is one of the funniest comedians working today. It’s interesting to see him in something unlike his other work. I have a feeling this would be pretty good. The effects reminded me Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

9. The Fantastic Four (in theaters August 7; directed by Josh Trank; starring Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell) – Even though a trailer has yet to be released, it’s about time for a reboot after that awful 2005 version starring Chris Evans and Jessica Alba. Gotta love that cast.

8. The Walk (in theaters October 2; directed by Robert Zemeckis; starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon) – I’m glad Zemeckis returned to live-action in 2012 with Flight. This movie tells the true story of Philippe Petit attempting to cross the World Trade Center on a high wire. I think the movie would look quite something in 3D. With Gordon-Levitt becoming one of my favorite actors, I have high hopes for this.

7. The Untitled Cold War Film (a.k.a. St. James Place) (in theaters October 16; directed by Steven Spielberg; starring Tom Hanks) – Following  American lawyer James Donovan recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot from being detained in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Steven Spielberg is my favorite filmmaker, and Tom Hanks is my favorite actor. I smell Oscar bait.

6. Tomorrowland (in theaters May 22; directed by Brad Bird; starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson) – Given that Brad Bird directed the best film in the Mission: Impossible series – Ghost Protocol – I think the movie looks amazing. Again, the cast is great!

5. Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters May 15; directed by George Miller; starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, and Rosie Huntington-Whitely) – I haven’t seen any of the Mad Max films. This movie looks absolutely insane and over-the-top fun. Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron can do no wrong. The action looks breathtaking!

4. Jurassic World (in theaters June 12; directed by Colin Treverrow; starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, and Vincent D’Onofrio) – Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite films. It made me feel like a kid seeing something unlike anything I’ve seen before. This movie looks as tense as the first film was. I cannot wait to see Chris Pratt capture his charm and dinosaurs chasing him while riding his motorcycle.

3. Spectre (in theaters November 7; directed by Sam Mendes; starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, and Dave Bautista) – I love James Bond. I love the cast. I loved the last film. I CANNOT WAIT!

2. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (in theaters December 18; directed by J.J. Abrams; starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Andy Serkis, and Max von Sydow) – Why am I looking forward to this? Because It’s STAR WARS!!!!!

1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron (directed by Joss Whedon; starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson) – Do I need to explain?? I loved the first Avengers, and I hope this will have the humor, the phenomenal action, and the awesomeness that made the first film a hit. I want May 1st to come quicker!

I hope you enjoyed my picks. Leave comments on what movie you are looking forward to see this year. Stay tuned for my lists of the best and worst movies of 2014 in the middle of January. Take care!