TOMORROWLAND | REVIEW

TOMORROWLAND is the movie Brad Bird wanted to make over Star Wars. His thoughts were that if the possibility of making an original film like TOMORROWLAND turned up it couldn’t be missed. He had a phenomenal budget, Mr Clooney on board, Dr House in the house and Disney backing him. The trailers for the movie were brilliant and my excitement was abuzz. It was based on one of Walt Disney’s worlds, of the same name, and could become the next Pirate’s franchise, something original that could inspire and tantalise the masses. Sadly, instead we get a disappointing crapola mess that will bomb bad. TOMORROWLAND is out now from the fine folks at Disney, is rated PG and runs for 130mins.

 

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TOMORROWLAND | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | MOVIE POSTER IMAGE

 

BY JASON KING

The film has not opened well and all I keep hearing is “it’s because of Hollywood’s phobia with originality,” “big stars like Clooney can’t be trusted to carry films anymore.” Oh phooey – you idiots – there is no other reason besides the movie is just B A D. It had incredible potential but it lectured the public about the environment and us giving up on the desire to be better, it had trailers showing this fantastical world of wondrous delights but only allowed us the joy of being there for about five minutes of screen time, it gave us a poor team in Clooney and Robertson and it was Hugh Laurie’s worst movie of all time with a less than two dimensional character wearing throwback clothes from a Flash Gordon set. For a future world of brilliant minds surely they could get the clothes better.

 

TOMORROWLAND YOUNG FRANK WALKER (THOMAS ROBINSON) MOVIE IMAGE
TOMORROWLAND | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | YOUNG FRANK WALKER (THOMAS ROBINSON)

 

The plot was sound, in the past all the world’s geniuses, the smartest of the smart were invited to attend a world of wonder, a world set up to allow them to flourish, it was not of this world but part of this world, let’s go with interdimensional. It would be our future, a place to recruit the best of the best from humanity and to allow them to create a better tomorrow. But somehow not everyone got their invites and the badges to allow you to enter TOMORROWLAND ran dry and TOMORROWLAND fell into disarray. Why? You can see the movie to find that out. But one loan robotic young lass is scouring the planet, ok the U.S.A to locate someone that can bring about change and save worlds.

Enter Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) the way too smart and over eager uber-positive, buzzing on Red Bull annoying type, daughter of a NASA scientist, who gets the very last pin to enter TOMORROWLAND, dropped to her by little robot lass, Athena (Raffey Cassidy). But the pin only works for a small period of time and stops working, and she becomes obsessed with it so starts researching and tracking down its origins, leading her to a grumpier, older, Frank Walker (George Clooney). A pessimist who has also prepared for this possibility and their battle for survival and returning to TOMORROWLAND begins.

 

TOMORROWLAND FRANK WALKER (GEORGE CLOONEY)
TOMORROWLAND | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | FRANK WALKER (GEORGE CLOONEY)

 

After our taste of TOMORROLAND in the epic opening 15mins, the film takes about 90mins to get back there and when we do, everything we tasted has soured and our ride of adventure leaves the audience disheartened that we got robbed of the perfect future utopia, and we also get a B-grade “bad” guy who is frankly boring and completely generic. We get lectured about the planet, about our attitudes towards the planet. Put it this way, the film tells us that humanity has given up dreaming of a better world, of shiny fast spaceships and jetpacks, but the film only gave us a glimpse of a bright better future where these things are and instead whines about how we don’t dream of these things anymore – self imposed paradox anyone?

The actors are meh, Clooney is just playing Clooney doing a genius-like thing, I found Robertson just annoying and too in your face, unlikable and too pepped up all the time. I did love young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) and Athena (Raffey Cassidy) was the most interesting part of the movie, call her a young Astro Girl who can’t fly and doesn’t have a laser butt. I would have paid money to see the story of young Frank and Athena in a future world.

 

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TOMORROWLAND | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | YOUNG FRANK WALKER (THOMAS ROBINSON) & ATHENA (RAFFEY CASSIDY)

 

Now don’t get me wrong, the film is nowhere near as bad as the last Transformers movie and has some epic effects, the escape from Frank’s house is wicked good and the Utopian TOMORROWLAND looks amazing, but they showed it all in the trailer, you expect more of this, but you don’t really get it. The true delights of this film we so desperately wanted weren’t given to us. It’s not Clooney’s fault, it’s no actor’s fault, it has nothing to do with being scared of originality, it just wasn’t thought out properly and the end result appears to be trying to be the first part in a trilogy of sorts that will never see a sequel. From the greatness that is Brad Bird, this is incredibly disappointing.

 

2 and a Half Pops