After recent box office hits like the Hunger Games, Divergent
and other adventures set in dystopian futuristic societies director / writer Brad Bird's riveting mystery adventure Tomorrowland
is probably the first movie that offers a positive outlook on our future since 1989's Back to the Future.
Tomorrowland was created by Walt Disney as a section of Disneyland
back in 1955. At the time the public shared an optimistic view of the future which has since grown dark. Bird and writer /
producer Damon Lindelof pay homage to Disney's vision by once again introducing the public to an optimistic perspective of
the future. “Any time that there is an empty canvas, there are two ways to look at it, one is emptiness and another
one is wide open possibility. And that's how I like to look at the future – wide open to possibility. And that view
has fallen out of favor in terms of looking at the future.” says Bird.
The story follows a disillusioned grump named Frank Walker
(George Clooney) who as a boy receives a pin from a mysterious little girl. This pin opens up a path to a secret, highly evolved,
futuristic world where everything is possible.
Present day. Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) a bright, inquisitive,
highly optimistic teen full of scientific curiosity stops at nothing to help her father, a NASA employee, keep his job. Her
activities, however, land her in juvenile hall and upon her release she comes across the same mysterious pin. Any touch shows
her a vision of a magnificent futuristic world full of advanced technology and wonder. The ever curious Casey sets out in
the real world in hopes of reaching the futuristic parallel dimension. She is tracked by a mysterious young girl named Athena
(Raffey Cassidy) who gave Frank his pin back in the day. Things get more complicated as Casey, Athena and a very reluctant
Frank embark on a journey that may hold the key to the future.
The filmmakers have assembled a great cast, the chemistry between
George Clooney and Britt Robertson truly works well, and it's funny to see how Casey constantly urges Frank to do everything
he doesn't want, but succeeds at it nonetheless. Hugh Laurie is magnificent as David Nix, he brings more dimension to the
character than a mere “bad guy.” Nix is in fact more pragmatic in nature than the idealistic Frank yet still shares
respect for him. The true discovery, however, is young Raffey Cassidy who does an excellent job portraying the mystery girl
Athena who happens to be more grown up than both Casey and Frank. Even before she gets to utter a single line the way she
carries herself shows she is a natural talent. I expect we will be seeing a lot more from this young lady in the years to
Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness) knows how to tell
a story and he doesn't disappoint with Tomorrowland. The film plays to all ages, it should also work well with girls given
the film's young leads. The producers intend to open the film to a broad target audience, if they succeed to reach both families,
teens and tweens alike remains to be seen. I enjoyed Tomorrowland for it's cast, the story its outstanding craftsmanship and
last but not least for it's message to maintain a little optimism, a much needed quality these days! Tomorrowland is certainly
by far the most original tentpole summer film this year and with its bold optimistic outlook it will certainly give audiences
plenty to talk about.
Tomorrowland Video Featurette:
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get a first look behind the scenes of this highly anticipated summer block buster!
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