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Film Review – Tomorrowland Published on: May 4, 2020

Tomorrowland (2015, PG)

Every once in a while a movie comes along that depicts a fictional world so amazing, you wish it really existed. For me, that movie is Tomorrowland.  George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Raffey Cassidy star in this sci-fi adventure about a futuristic city created as a haven for the smartest, most creative people in the world. Tomorrowland exists in an alternate dimension and can be seen by touching a pin with a big “T” emblazoned on it. Casey Newton (Robertson) is a very bright, optimistic teenager who mysteriously finds this magical pin after being arrested for vandalizing government property. When she touches it, she is instantly transported to a wheat field where she sees a shiny cityscape in the distance. Once inside the city, she is astonished at what she sees before her – a world filled with technological innovations beyond our wildest dreams. Way too soon, though, Casey is jolted back to reality. Desperate to find her way back, she goes on a search to find out more about Tomorrowland. Along the way she is joined by a young girl named Athena (Cassidy), a recruiter who gave Casey the pin. Together, they drive across the country to find the one person who can take them to Tomorrowland – Frank Walker (Clooney).

Casey’s brief visit to Tomorrowland opens her eyes to a future so pristine, yet completely out of reach. This perfect future seems to be like something out of a dream: sleek, glass skyscrapers; hover rails, rockets, flying vehicles and jet packs; series of bottomless swimming pools floating on top of each other. There, people live a life that is pure and unfettered – they are simply free to let their imaginations run wild. It is no wonder why Casey is drawn to this place. I, too, was captivated by it. I mean, who wouldn’t be? Tomorrowland represents hope and is proof that absolutely anything is possible. It’s the epitome of a utopian society, an idyllic city that you won’t soon forget – one that I would love to visit myself. Tomorrowland is so incredible that it’s sure to stay with you long after the credits have stopped rolling.

Director Brad Bird has done a superb job of bringing this futuristic world to life. With amazing special effects and exciting action sequences, Tomorrowland is just one big thrill ride. The acting is equally as good. Robertson delivers a convincing performance. Her character’s unwavering optimism is quite refreshing. Clooney offers a nice contrast as the bitter curmudgeon Frank. This disparity in personalities sets the stage for some comical, entertaining moments between the two of them. Cassidy is charming and amusing in her role. Her character’s relationship with Clooney’s is complicated – to say the least – and they both convey this brilliantly to the audience. I was emotionally moved by some of their interactions. One sweet, poignant scene, in particular, literally brought tears to my eyes.

Tomorrowland is another movie that I would recommend. It is even one that the whole family can enjoy together. There is, however, some mild language, and the action sequences – albeit thrilling – can be a little too violent. That said, older children will appreciate the film’s uplifting theme. Tomorrowland encourages all of us to think big, to resist cynicism and to never lose hope – no matter what. Both the movie and its imaginary world have left a lasting impression on me. And although I can’t actually go to Tomorrowland – unless I take a trip to Disney World – at least I can see it as many times as I want on screen.

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