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4.5 out of 5
I went into Tomorrowland with very little knowledge of what the movie was actually about. I always do my best to avoid spoilers, especially with a movie like this where the mystery somewhat helps the story along. I had heard a lot of critics tearing it apart but I didn’t want to let them make my decision for me but their negative reviews did have me half-expecting to hate it. Surprisingly, I didn’t.
**For the record, I won’t be throwing in any spoilers because as I said earlier, this movie is more about not knowing the plot and figuring it out as it goes along.**
Tomorrowland is about Casey Newton, a young hopeful tech savvy girl who winds up getting arrested for trying to keep cranes from demolishing her father’s decommissioned NASA launch pad. When she is freed from jail she finds that someone has left a pin embossed with a T-symbol in her belongings that when touched seems to transport her to another place and perhaps even another time. Throughout her adventures she winds up with an old jaded inventor named Frank Walker and Atheena, a young girl who may be more than she seems! The three go on an adventure that takes them from Texas to Paris and then into a strange desolate land of tomorrow!
Casey Netwon is played brilliantly by Britt Robertson, a semi-established actress that I plan to keep my eyes on in the future. She’s charming, dopey, optimistic and heartfelt, pretty much the perfect kid’s movie hero! Frank Walker (anyone else notice the similarity to Frank Welker?) is played by George Clooney who is an actor that I normally don’t care for but I actually really loved him in this movie. Raffey Cassidy (another actress that I’m going to keep my eyes on based off of her impressive performance in this movie) plays the mysterious Atheena perfectly. There are also a few comical cameos from Keegan-Michael Key (Comedy Central’s Key & Peele) and character actress Kathryn Hahn as store clerks obsessed with retrieving the pin. We also get to some time spent with Hugh Laurie who plays David Nix, the leader of Tomorrowland.
I can’t deny how much I enjoyed this movie. It has to be one of my favorite kid’s movies that I’ve seen in a long time. Actually, I would almost have to say that it’s one of my favorite action movies that I’ve seen in a long time. That said, I sincerely struggle to call this a kid’s movie. At 2 hours and 10 minutes it’s a little long for the average child to sit through. I thought that it was very well paced so the 130 minutes of material didn’t really ever fall too flat. It’s also shockingly violent. Granted, most of the brutality isn’t towards humans (although at least 5 people are killed) but it still surprised me what they got away with as “PG” in these hyper sensitive times that we’re living in. My final thought in regards to children seeing this is that at the end it sort of takes a turn and becomes a film about environmental change and while it’s played very well, I really don’t think kids are going to get what’s going on. The situation is dire and I think most people of any age can feel that but as far as the villain’s end game, I think that kids will miss it. That said, I loved the idea of planting a seed to desensitize folks to climate change. True sci-fi perfection. Lastly, the graphics in this movie are astounding. This has to be one of the best looking movies I’ve seen in quite some time!
I don’t think this movie is half as bad as any critic says it is. In fact, I don’t think it’s bad at all. In a world of unnecessary sequels and countless remakes it’s nice to see an original idea and a brand new concept for once!