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‘Tomorrowland’ Review: Starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney & Hugh Laurie

Director Brad Bird (2004’s The Incredibles) and producer Damon Lindelof made a film full of whimsical Disney moments and an interesting premise only to let the viewers down in its last couple of scenes. What could have been one of the most original films of the year ends up being a movie that audiences will only like and not love. That’s not to say there aren’t any great moments in Tomorrowland because there are, but at the end I just wanted more from the story and not a cookie cutter finale.

Teenager Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a science whiz and astrology lover. After she gets arrested for breaking and entering into a NASA area, she comes across a mysterious pin with the letter “T” on it. When Casey touches the pin, she is transported into a futuristic land.

Casey eventually finds Frank (George Clooney); a man who was first introduced to the mysterious world as a young boy and now lives a life of solitude. Casey must convince Frank to take her back to the amazing place and the two embark on a journey that changes their lives and the world forever.

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In her second leading role in a major motion picture, Britt Robertson (2015’s The Longest Ride) shows a lot of promise as our young heroine. Even though the outfits she’s dressed in try to make her look younger, it’s possible Robertson was a bit too old for this role. Though I adore her as an actress, the film may have benefited from someone who is actually 15 or 16 years old. George Clooney is basically George Clooney here. He has always been fun to watch in movies (his best performance is in 2011’s The Descendants) though his character here is pretty average. I much preferred watching the younger version of Frank (Thomas Robinson) and his relationship with the young girl who recruited him named Athena (Raffey Cassidy).

Tomorrowland features a joyful and spectacular opening 15 minutes where we are introduced to young Frank, Athena and Governor Nix (Hugh Laurie). Bird and Lindelof needed to give us more storyline directly with these two characters since they are the most interesting characters in the film. The flashbacks in the film are good but they aren’t enough to provide enough emotional depth that we needed for the payoff.

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The cinematography by Claudio Miranda (2013’s Oblivion) is absolutely stunning and the only way to see Tomorrowland in theatres is in IMAX. The swooping camera motions and futuristic landscapes are to die for and the colors are bright and beautiful.

There are muddled moments, underwritten characters and focusing on the wrong characters, but the message of Tomorrowland is sweet and important, if only Disney took a different path to get is there. The biggest disappointment in Tomorrowland is that we are blinded by its beautiful message and stunning visuals, when in reality the film as a whole is only mediocre.

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