Tomorrowland is Tame and Tangled

It was July of 1955, only a year after America decided it was unconstitutional to keep white and black students in separate schools. It was the beginning of what would become one of the most important movements in our nation. Our country was looking forward to the future and so was one of the greatest innovators of all-time, Walt Disney. In fact, he wanted to create a “land” dedicated to the future, to the possibilities of a united and marvelous world. He called it Tomorrowland.

George Clooney in Tomorrowland

George Clooney in Tomorrowland

It opened July 17 to be exact, and Disney gave this description during the dedication to the millions of television viewers. “[Tomorrowland is] a vista into a world of wondrous ideas, signifying Man’s achievements…A step into the future, with predictions of constructed things to come. Tomorrow offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideas. The Atomic Age, the challenge of Outer Space and the hope for a peaceful, unified world.” Now, 60 years after it opened, director Brad Bird, brings the world a movie based on Tomorrowland.

The film follows the scientifically curious Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a daughter of a NASA engineer, who discovers a pin that allows her to transport to place where nothing is impossible—Tomorrowland.

Walking in to Tomorrowland, I was ready to go on an unforgettable adventure. I wanted to see a world that I’ve never been to and enjoy a ride that would become a close memory. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Instead, the film was a near two hour writing mess with a little fun mixed in. The movie about the land where nothing is impossible, wastes its time with unoriginal and undeveloped plot points. The major issues of this movie fall with the story. It is the uneven and jumbled storytelling that forces to go on a more generic ride then I hoped for. We find ourselves on a road trip and/or a wild goose chase that doesn’t offer a single moment of originality or fun.

Though, I would argue this movie is a pretty big disappoint, the movie does have its high spots. For instance, Tomorrowland’s effects are wonderful to look at, especially the land in question. However, it is a more a tease than anything, as we want to explore this land but by the time we get there it is rushed and doesn’t satisfy. The overall idea and theme of the picture is also good, but poorly executed.

The best part of the film is actually the relationship between George Clooney’s character, Frank Walker, and a character named Athena (Raffey Cassidy). Without giving too much away, it is truly the heart of the movie, and the one part the audience will invest their emotion. This might be because, though I didn’t mind our main character played by Robertson, I didn’t necessarily care about her as much as I should’ve. Instead, this emotionally raw connection between Clooney and Cassidy is where I would have liked to focus all my attention. Instead, the attention is all over the place.

Tomorrowland had potential to be an instant Disney classic, which offers the ride of a lifetime. Instead, it was a mess of a story and plot so unoriginal, it was like we were going to yesterday instead of tomorrow. 

-By Jacob Tiranno

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