Tomorrowland is Disney’s venture into the future. It was a great ride that preached a lot of hope. Whether the story is as compelling as the utopia presented on the screen is up to you but I think not.
The film was directed by Brad Bird (Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible 4) and that explains the technologically advanced nostalgia. Damon Lindelof (Lost) wrote the script, which also explains the mind boggling story, because why make the plot compelling and comprehensible when you can do the opposite.
The film stars George Clooney as Frank Walker, a grumpy inventor who first appears on screen to tell us how the story begins. We flashback to 1964 where a young Frank Walker is taking his invention made of scrap metal to an inventor’s convention. His invention is a jetpack that doesn’t quite fly. The kid’s got heart but that’s not enough to convince Hugh Laurie (David Nix) who happens to be one of the judges.
It doesn’t matter though because Frank has managed to convince at least one other person, Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who gives him a pin for his troubles. The pin leads Frank right to the future where a freaky looking machine fixes his jet pack without him even asking. How efficient!
However, that’s not the story because that’s way in the past so we cut to the present where Casey (Britt Robertson) is apparently the only hopeful girl left on the planet. Sure, she’s gets that the ice caps are melting and that earthquakes and Tsunamis are part of our present but she also wants to find solutions to said problems. Too bad for her no one has any answers or cares, so she’s on her own. When her plans to sabotage NASA’s launching pad land her in jail, she finds herself in possession of a pin, the same pin that led Frank to the future. In that future she finds the answers to the questions she has been asking.
What Disney tries to do in this movie that is different from the dystopian movies of these days is give the viewer’s hope of a better future. It doesn’t necessarily mean that our future is filled with zombies and deadly viruses. Disney is trying to make us be hopeful by telling us that if we feed the right wolf, we could change our future.
Through a lecture given by the bad guy (Hugh Laurie), the viewer is made aware of our habit of making peace with a depressing future. We are not doing anything to change our future into one that is uplifting because we have accepted it. Talk about a much needed pep talk.
While David Nix is resigned to letting the world die in 51 days, Casey, Frank and Athena are not and they fight to make sure a hopeful future is the outcome. They manage to achieve this but with a lot of causalities including Athena.
Tomorrowland may have had trouble keeping the plot comprehensible but its message was clear, let us be hopeful for a better future. It feeds the right wolf, so to speak.
For a Disney Movie it sure was violent. There are several fight scenes that end in the decapitation of several bad robots. Granted they are robots but it still doesn’t make any of those sequences less violent.
I am sure that this is not the message the movie was trying to pass along but it still happened. When Frank Walker first met Athena he was 12 years old and when he developed feelings for her it was fine. But seeing as Athena is a robot and does not age it is creepy when Frank still has feelings for her when he is well 50 years old. It is icky.
Rated: 5 out of 10 stars.