Sunday, May 31, 2015

Tomorrowland - A Movie Review

The film Tomorrowland had mixed reviews at best. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 49%  and said, "Ambitious and visually stunning, Tomorrowland is unfortunately weighted down by uneven storytelling." A.O. Scott of the New York Times, the self appointed reviewer for the gods said, "What Tomorrowland isn’t is in any way convincing or enchanting." While Kofi Outlaw of Screen Rant said, " 'Tomorrowland' is a fun adventure with big ideas and a lot of heart, but somehow winds up lacking in both."

Well, as someone who goes to the multiplex to escape reality, I beg to differ. I found the film to remind me of something akin to a tale created by Jules Verne, produced by George Lucas, and on a set Walt Disney designed in his mind in the 1960's. And all of this wound around a Pollyanna story without the sap and Aunt Polly starring George Clooney.

OK, I lost you. Basically this is a science fiction story about the present and the future, about hope and despair, about destiny and possibility. It also concerns a whole lot of science and physics Mrs. Rast did not teach me in 7th grade Physical Science and I missed by dropping Physics in college. The best way to get most out of this film is to forget the critics and once the film starts follow the story, experience the incredible effects, suspend reality, and enjoy the ride. 

Academy award winner Brad Bird directed and co-wrote the screen play. Clooney is very good in his part as the jaded inventor who has given up on the future. Britt Robinson (also know for her roles in The Longest Ride 2015 and Dan in Real Life 2007) carries the film as the extremely bright teenager who is recruited "to the future". Tim McGraw plays her father. However the most fascinating role to me was that of Athena, a young Autotron who never ages, played by Raffy Cassidy. This 12 year old  actress had to play the role of a child her true age as well as someone who looked 12 but was in fact 35 or 40 years older. She pulled it off with style, her brilliant blue eyes never flinching.

Needless to say, I enjoyed the film. I found the extravagant special effects to be so well done. There is a part in the film that takes place in the future that should be nominated for costume. The pace is steady so you can follow and the script never drags. The story is not predictable and the characters are as well developed as they need to be for the 130 minutes of the movie.

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