theatrical movie review

Date Stamp: May 22, 2015

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

Reviewed by: Ed Coke

Taking a step back and having proper perspective isn’t always as easy as it should be. As human beings, we naturally lose focus… especially in the chaotic world of today. However, to really get the most out of any situation, appreciation of context and consideration of all angles are definitely paramount.

This is something I can personally attest to after watching Tomorrowland, a new Disney sci-fi film named after the theme park attraction and loosely based on Walt’s own Epcot-flavoured vision of a utopian future. Our main stars here are every woman’s dream ex-husband, George Clooney, and relative newcomer Britt Robertson (The Longest Ride). Hugh Laurie (aka House) shows up as the clever villain, Tim McGraw appears in a supporting role, and talented young actor Raffey Cassidy (Mr. Selfridge) appears as a mysterious messenger from Tomorrowland who is the spark that sets off this surprising storyline.

Hard to say what I expected after seeing the trailer, but I thought for some reason it would be something else and left the theatre unsure if I could recommend it. Now, after some contemplation, it’s obvious that my own limited imagination that held me back from fully appreciating how great it was.

As Tomorrowland appears to be geared towards a wide audience (including impressionable, young minds), the range of borderline esoteric, potentially alarming, and unpleasant issues covered in the plot were a shock. The visuals are next level and worth the price of admission alone. Reality bending scenes reminiscent of Interstellar and amazingly vivid images of combat, and serene advanced civilizations impress the senses in new ways. I suppose I’m likely out of touch with how exposed to life’s realities youth truly are these days, so it may be par for the course.

Golden goose director Brad Bird (The Incredibles), alongside industry icon Walter Murch (Apocalypse Now), and acclaimed cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi) put together a cutting-edge thrill ride without needing 3D to make it captivating. Tomorrowland is so dazzling that the underlying, uneasy subtext of the plot may be lost or misconstrued.

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