Tom Basham

Tomorrowland

In This Just OUT on May 24, 2015 at 8:49 pm

tomorrowland_poster“Tomorrowland” is here – today, in theaters and at a Disney theme park near some of you. Just take a hard left at the next inter-dimensional portal.

Casey Newton (Britt Robertson from “The Longest Ride”) is a bright young girl whose father is a NASA scientist. She is trying to save the world, and she feels like she is all alone, until she gets this little pin. When she touches it she is transported to another place where anything is possible. It seems really cool until the thing runs out of batteries. When she tries to fix it, Athena (Raffey Cassidy from “Snow White and the Huntsman”) shows up to help. Athena gave her the pin, hoping she was the one who could save the world. She takes Casey to Frank (George Clooney from “Gravity“), the last person she thought could save the world.

It’s been decades since Frank was exiled from Tomorrowland, and it takes some convincing for him to believe again that anything is possible and that anyone can make a difference.

Damon Lindelof’s (“World War Z”) script is a little derivative, but he is mining magical movie lore of the past to assemble this futuristic ride. There were times when I felt like I was back in the ‘70s eating my bowl of ice cream and listening to Walt tell us about what we were going to see. But the future is not what it was, and therein lies the challenge for Casey.

This is a good family film with plenty of action and excitement. The theme is as simple and sweet as my childhood, especially when compared to the harsh reality of our evolutionary tendencies.

I was bothered by the first 20 minutes of backstory, which I realize now was not for me, but for the ones now eating their bowl of ice cream, looking wide-eyed at the screen and trying to figure out what it all means. They get to find out, just like I did, that one blonde girl with gumption can change everything. Trust me, if you put your faith in her, your future is going to be amazing.

I can’t recall the last PG movie I saw that was not animated, though with Brad Bird (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) in the driver’s seat, I was happy when the ride finally arrived at Tomorrowland. For that I will give this movie 4 stars out of 5. You had better get to tomorrow today, while it is still here.

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:
 https://bashmovies.wordpress.com

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