After back to back successes like The Incredibles, Ratattouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, a lot of expectation always precedes the release of a Brad Bird movie. These expectations rise even higher when a movie has one of the year’s best trailers. That’s probably the reason disappointment is highly exaggerated when the movie does not live up to those expectations. Tomorrowland is unfortunately one of those rare Brid Bird failures.
A genius inventor (George Clooney) and curious teenage girl (Britt Robertson) journey to a place in some other dimension, said to have been built by and for creators and inventors on earth, without the obstacles that stymie their efforts on our world. They must find a way to save the world from its imminent end by filling people’s minds with hope that everyone seems to have lost. Sounds crazy, right?
There is a lot. The story line is obviously not scientifically accurate, but it does not even seem fictionally feasible. Its too far fetched and at least needs to be presented in a way that inspires awe in the characters, but everyone in the movie accepts these ludicrous facts like its just basic science. The plot also does not make a lot of sense, and employs a myriad of Disney cliches like the chosen one, the only one who can save the world, is one who will never give up. Even with a short run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes, it seems insipid and interminable. In fact, the trailers for the movie probably contained all the scenes that were worth watching the movie for. Apart from some flying kids and some some advanced machinery, the Tomorrowland in the movie is not shown in any detail at all. We do not know what people do and how they do it in Tomorrowland. Its not even clear why worthy youngsters are recruited to come to Tomorrowland. The movie is not great in the acting department either. Britt Robertson does not make much of an impression and even Clooney seems like he is exhausted from acting and does not have the panache and charm that he is known for.
The movie does open well and manages to pique the viewer’s interest, even though it doesn’t manage to keep you interested for long. However, if there is one thing that helps the failure of a movie this is, its Hugh Laurie’s acting as the antagonist and President of Tomorrowland. He has the looks and skills necessary to pull off the apathetic and haughty character that he plays. There are exceptionally creative scenes, like the one where Casey touches the pin for the first time, or the one where Casey and Frank escape from the bad guys abandoning his house, but its such a pity they chose to divulge such gems in the trailer itself.
Tomorrowland is a movie that is filled with overused and even fictionally far fetched content, and the mistake of revealing its best scenes in the trailer is a disappointing gambit, especially for a director of Brad Bird’s caliber. I will rate this movie at 6/10. Watch the fantastic trailers instead.