Tomorrowland is a fun experience for the entire family. When I first saw the movie was coming out, I really didn’t have that much of an interest in it. I then had the opportunity to see part of the movie as well as an extended trailer at Disney Social Media Moms and I was hooked. It is exciting for me to see a place that I have been to many times actually in a movie. For this movie, “It’s a Small World” from Disneyland was used for a scene toward the beginning of the movie.
Director, Brad Bird takes his experiences with Disney and Science Fiction movies and brings them to the big screen. Brad has an extensive history in science fiction and Disney. He directed, The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, and Ratatouille. Brad also has extensive experience as a writer and creative consultant on different projects. Brad even did the voice for Edna Mode in The Incredible.
[pullquote_right]In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space.[/pullquote_right]
I love how Disney continues to use technology, a solid story line and incredible actors to now only entertain, but also to inspire and encourage others.
Young Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) has traveled a long way to present his invention to the World’s Fair in New York City in 1964. Frank has created a rocket jet pack that doesn’t quite work, and is quickly rejected by Nix (Hugh Laurie). Feeling broken, Frank leaves the exhibit hall and makes his way to a bench to ponder what he is to do next. A young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) meets up with Frank and gives him and pin and instructs him to follow her. He followers her to the “It a Small World” and sneaks onto one of the boats. While on the ride, Frank’s pin activates secret controls that eventually lead him to Tomorrowland.
The story jumps forward 50 years to young Casey Newton (Britt Robertson). Casey Newton is a highly intelligent high school student who is looking for answers. All she hears is the gloom and doom of our society and world. She dares to ask the question. Is there anything we can do to fix it? Casey lives with her dad Eddie (Tim McGraw) and younger brother Nate (Pierce Gagnon). Casey’s dad Eddie is a NASA engineer who will soon be out of a job once the launch platform at Cape Canaveral is dismantled. Casey spends her evenings trying to sabotage the deconstruction process at Cape Canaveral.
During one of Casey’s attempts to sabotage Cape Canaveral, she is caught and arrested. As Casey is being released, she stumbles across a pin that is not hers. When she touches it, she is transported to a different world. Casey travels through this virtual world and it then abruptly ends. Casey desires to know more about she has just experienced.
With the help of her brother, Casey begins a journey to know more about this mysterious pin.
During her journey, Athena ends up saving Casey from robots who are looking for Athena. Athena proceeds to take her to Frank Walker (George Clooney). The world is headed for destruction and Athena believes that Frank and Casey can work together to save it. Thus begins the journey to Tomorrowland. Do you have what it takes?
Is Tomorrowland appropriate for children?
Tomorrowland is a wonderful movie for the whole family to enjoy. The movie is rated PG for Sci-Fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language.
As stated, there are some rather intense scenes of violence where robots and humans are killed and we see robots parts lying around that look almost human.
My biggest issue with younger movie goers is the length of the movie. It is two hours and ten minutes long. If you take into account previews, this film can easily turn into almost two and a half hours of sitting in a movie theater. Make sure you have taken your kids and yourself to the bathroom before you sit down for the movie, or you just might end up missing part of it.
Hugh Laurie is actually the closest things we have to a bad guy in this movie. He is Nix, the governor of Tomorrowland and has banished Frank and Athena 25 years ago.
I almost cried. The first stop Casey makes to learn about the pin is a store called Blast From the Past. This store is full of collectors items form many science fiction movies over the last 50-60 years, including items from The Iron Giant, which was directed by Tomorrowland’s director Brad Bird. Throughout the store are multiple items from Star Wars. Blast From the Past is a front that is used to find and capture people trying to find Tomorrowland. During a fight sequence many Star Wars items are destroyed and the store is eventually blown up. I could not find a disclaimer that stated “No real Star Wars collectibles were destroyed during the making of this film.
- Genre: Mystery Adventure
- Rating: PG
- US Release date: May 22, 2015
- Running time: 130 min.
- Cast: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Robinson
- Director: Brad Bird
- Producers: Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov
- Executive Producers: John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor
- Story by: Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen
- Screenplay by: Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird
[quote]From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.[/quote]