“Sometimes, because I go to the movies so much out of habit, I’ll be sitting in the auditorium as the opening sequence starts to play and I’ll have a moment of dread. “”Why did I want to see this one, again?”” I’ll think, as I try to calm and convince myself as to why a movie was deemed worthy. I had that feeling with Tomorrowland. All I could come up with was “”It seems cool; I like George Clooney; it’s the big release of the week; Disney?”” I should have thought thru it some more.
This young science geek of a girl finds a mysterious pin whose touch teleports her to a secret futuristic world. She sets out to learn what it is, how to go back, and how to save it. Sure, that sounds okay, but the truth is, I was bored senseless, which is heartbreaking considering that the wonderful Brad Bird directed and wrote the screenplay with Damon Lindelof.
I can’t believe I’m actually going to describe a movie like this, but it was too Disney for me. I didn’t even know that was possible. It’s just that the whole dream-it-do-it type of mentality was a little much. Everything came back to being a dreamer and the hokey optimism that goes with it. Not even Clooney and his sexy wry humor could rescue this.
I think our leading lady annoyed me too much, which is where things started to get off on the wrong foot. If you can’t get behind your protagonist, especially when they’re in every scene, you’ve got a problem.
The futuristic world was pretty cool visually, but also a bit too cheesy. Oh and then there was the confusion of them specifically saying they were at World’s Fair in NYC, but then clearly getting on It’s A Small World at Disneyland in Anaheim. I couldn’t wrap my head around that early scene and it was all downhill from there.
The one near saving grace would be Hugh Laurie, but his few scenes weren’t enough. The 2 hour ten minute run time was more than enough. By a lot.
Tomorrowland – \m/ \n”