First midnight premier. Whoo! But not worth the 2 hours of sleep I received after. Along with the fact that I was on a boat for an entire week, there were perks to being with Disney. Arriving to a midnight premier for Tomorrowland was interesting. I was alone, because nobody wanted to watch it with me, but who cares? Movies can be fun when you watch by yourself because nobody else in your party is talking. However, the theater looked like the teen clubs exploded with fourteen-year-old girls trying to flirt with seventeen-year-old boys. Not to mention that there were TONS of mothers (thanks, George Clooney) so it was an interesting audience. Other than that, I guess I expected something different out of this movie than what I received.
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Brad Bird
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie
1. Concept is intriguing. Here’s the plot. You know how there are all these world problems going on that most of you probably aren’t really paying attention to? Well, you should because newspapers are important and they tell us things that we should know, even if they may not directly affect us: global warming, Middle Eastern wars, energy crises, etc. So, in this movie, a girl, named Casey, questions all these problems and wants to find solutions to them. However, nobody is concerned with HOW to fix global warming, but rather focus on the fact that it exists and that there’s an inevitable apocalypse. According to the film, a group of “geniuses” and inventors created an alternate universe, called Tomorrowland, where none of these problems exist. Based on what these people said, chaos and problems on Earth occur because of humanity.
Now, here’s my problem: this is a great concept, but what the fuck is the plot? Maybe I just need to watch it again, but I hope I’m not the only one thinking this.
2. Acting is freakishly good. Go George Clooney. Dreamy old men, whoo! Disney, good choice. Honestly, before I went into the theater, I thought George Clooney was going to be the only good actor. I’ve never had a huge passion for Disney live action movies (more of an animated type gal, except for Pirates of the Caribbean) so I wasn’t expecting really much of anything out of the other characters. That should teach me a lesson to stop thinking that the only good actors are the ones who are well-known. Britt Robertson, the actress who plays Casey, is ridiculously good (maybe not Oscar good, but very applauding performance) and she was able to capture both depth and sarcasm simultaneously, a rare quality to find in any character that can be portrayed well. Not only is that true, but the actress who plays Athena is not very well known, since she is still a child. Her name is Raffey Cassidy and she does a phenomenal job portraying a child robot who is supposedly hundreds of years old. Acts very mature and can portray the character without seeming like her age, which must have been very difficult.
3. Very nice spin on the Magic Kingdom land. Apparently this is derived from a book, which I hope was written better than the movie. The problem wasn’t the storyline, but rather the story, itself, if that makes any sense. You need to have direction, a goal. A climax, at least. And that was grand, but the cinematography is spectacular. A lot of the scenery seemed to be derived and inspired from many of the Disney World rides and statues, with flying jetpacks and racing cars. I thought it was very clever to have the entrance to this land be through the “It’s a Small World” ride at Disneyland, which definitely branded the whole thing as Disney. Loved it. Good job, marketing team. Or whoever the writer is.
4. We are missing some key information. And LOTS of it. The cinematography, the story line, everything was doing just fine in the beginning of the movie. The storyline was well built and things kept spiraling towards a climax…that didn’t exist. I like the idea of having an alternate universe, but the way Tomorrowland was pitched (in my perspective) was that it is this land that geniuses and inventors use to experiment ideas. Where “anything is possible.” Thus, you ignore every law of science, which is something you should not do in a science fiction story. You can bend the rules, but you should not break basics, such as physics. For me, I guess I expected a lot of explanation as to how everything works in this land, because what inventor can build something without some set of basic guideline? Tomorrowland seemed more of a place for artists rather than engineers, based on the way I saw it. In addition, the plot was supposed to be (I think) that there is this evil leader, named Nix, in Tomorrowland who does not want more people to come to Tomorrowland because he thinks that they’re going to create chaos and ruin the land. So he does everything to prevent more people from coming, such as stopping Athena from distributing pins so they can discover the land.
According to Casey, she believes that if they can get more people to the land, Tomorrowland will be fixed, since apparently it is now falling apart to the lack of ingenuity and ideas. It’s about choosing the right people who can dream.
Sure thing, dudes. But how does that solve the ONE question you started this whole film with? How does fixing a land that only a select few are allowed to go to going to fix a problem that doesn’t even exist there? There is no connection described between Tomorrowland and Earth, which seems to be ignoring the whole theme, in general. I understand that “maybe the question is unanswered,” but the film should at least acknowledge that. The way I understood this question being acknowledged is that Casey decides to create a satellite full of positive energy to cause those on Earth to want to fix the problems.
THAT’S NOT SCIENCE. AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH TOMORROWLAND. It also causes the film to end with a strong sense of the possibility of a utopia (which is probably not a good thing to end with), stating that only the dreamers can come to Tomorrowland to experiment with their ideas, leaving everyone else behind to just die in an apocalypse. What’s the point of having dreamers fix a fake world when they could be fixing the real one?
Ugh…I really hope there’s a sequel…
5. Is it possible to fix the world’s problems? I have no idea. I would like to think it is, and if it is, not just one person can fix it. It’s a process and a movement to create any solution to a problem as big as global warming and world wars. It takes a team, because no one person can do it alone. The movie definitely skewed the idea that nobody really wants to fix these problems, but rather just talk about apocalypses. Now, I don’t know what world that was in, but 1) the people who said that were high school teachers, who are not always the people who know answers to FIXING the world, because if they did, they would teach everyone those solutions and 2) there ARE people who are trying to fix these problems. Have you ever heard of possibilities of space colonization? Or alternative energy sources? Fracking? People are working on this, and you don’t need Tomorrowland to do that! That’s the other thing: Tomorrowland is a place where “anything is possible.” Seems more like a dream than a reality. If you’re dreaming too much, you’re not thinking realistically when it comes to problem solving, which is only counterproductive for our world.
I love the idea of having a place where anything is possible. We all know that. But for purposes of fixing the world’s problems, your feet need to stay on Earth, and you need to figure out how to solve these problems before you can create things that may not even be achievable. Don’t race too far ahead, or you’ll get lost there.