Vic's Flick Picks
(3 1/2 popcorn boxes)
Tomorrowland is quite a sweet and lovely little Disney film. Perhaps I’m just rebounding from the death and mayhem of Mad Max: Fury Road.
The movie starts with the main characters Kasey (Britt Robertson) and Frank (George Clooney) making a video about their adventure – while sniping at each other and generally being adorable – so we know right away that this is a happy ending. That is usually frustrating, but this is Disney so I didn’t really expect a Hamlet-style finish to the story.
As a young boy, Frank invented a jet pack and took it to the 1964 World’s Fair. Frank meets a young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who shows him a fantastic world known as Tomorrowland. Fast forward to the present and we meet Kasey, a curious, young would-be scientist who is sabotaging the dismantling of a NASA launch site. She dreams of exploring space and the shutdown of NASA is destroying her reach for the stars.
When Kasey is leaving jail (damaging NASA property is frowned upon) she finds a pin amongst her belongings. When she touches the pin it transports her to a bright, sunny and hopeful place. Tomorrowland.
To actually get to this place she needs the help of Athena and Frank. The whole story – which has a few less than perfect spots – gets much more interesting when Frank joins in the fun.
Robertson is adorable and Clooney is his usual sardonic grump who steals your heart. The entire film is centered around sunshine and good guys vs. dark clouds and bad guys, but the whole thing works. Director Brad Bird has managed to give each movie-goer the joy of a ride on a jet pack as well as the despair of a depressing world that needs to find hope.
Three and a half boxes for Tomorrowland. Although the plot had a few obvious holes, as a package I found the characters, the scenery and the dialogue quite charming. The film is rated PG for sci-fi action and peril, but I think it is a perfect family movie. And sweeter than cotton candy.
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Britt Robertson also appears in this current television series based on a Stephen King novel.
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