Once upon a time the summer movie season would kick off on Memorial Day Weekend. It has not been that way in quite a long time. Movie studios still target that weekend as a time to release some of their bigger titles. On this Memorial Day Weekend, starting today, May 22 the movie to catch will have to be Disney’s “Tomorrowland.”
A young woman, Casey (Britt Robertson) finds a mysterious pin in her possession. When she touches it, she finds herself transported to a futuristic world of science and peace. To help her get back there, she finds a man, Frank Walker who has been there himself (George Clooney). However, forces are out there that do not want either of them to get back and if they don’t, the world we know may soon no longer exist.
They say there are no more original ideas left in Hollywood, but Disney has something at their disposal no other studio does, their rides and theme parks. At first we all thought the idea was beyond silly, but after “Pirates of the Caribbean” hit it big, people started paying attention. Brad Bird is the director of “Tomorrowland” and he has always been a very solid storyteller and here he turns in some of his best work.
Bird brings a sense of wonderment to “Tomorrowland” very much the same way the theme park did when it opened at Disneyland in 1955. This is a movie that provides plenty of eye candy, action and captivates your imagination at the same time and through it all there is a fun story being told that the whole family can enjoy. One warning though, while the movie is only rated PG there is some violence with futuristic guns. There is no blood or anything like that, but some of those images may be disturbing to younger children.
Like Pirates, the cast of “Tomorrowland” plays an intricate part on why this movie is so enjoyable. George Clooney has always been a powerful actor, they don’t give Oscars away. Frank Walker is a good part for the actor to play as he has a compelling arc and gets in on a lot of action. Britt Robertson is a very talented young actress who no doubt has leading lady stardom in her future.
“Tomorrowland” has something for everyone. There are plenty of entertaining action sequences in this movie. There are so many different types of gadgets and far out devices that add layers to the actions scenes other movies can’t capitalize. The movie is funny, yet touching. If you get the chance to see it in IMAX, do it. It’s well worth the extra dollars to see it that way. It’s odd how Disney has no problem converting properties it purchased into 3D, like Marvel and Star Wars, but doesn’t do that on its own productions (the last Pirates movie was shot using 3D cameras). Hopefully putting a movie out in IMAX will be enough for them and they will soon stop the practice, but don’t hold your breath on that one.
Many of us go to the movies for an escape. There’s a lot of ugliness in our world today and no one appears to be doing anything about it or even caring. “Tomorrowland” not only provides that means of escape, but it gives a nice positive message too. Most people will probably ignore it, but if a few people do then maybe there is hope for us after all.