Good day to you ladies and gents, time for my review of the latest Brad Bird film, Tomorrowland (or Tomorrowland: A World Beyond as it’s called here in the UK). Now I’ve heard a lot about this film for a good year or so, but never knew much about it, but because Brad Bird was attached to it, I knew I had to watch it. After the slightly mixed reception I actually pushed my viewing of this film back a few days, but yesterday I decided to stop messing around and see it for myself. So is it good or bad? Well read on and find out!
The story for this film can be described as the following:
“Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Brittany Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world-and them-forever.”
I thought the story was an interesting one for sure as we got to go on this adventure of discovery and deal with themes of fate and destiny, cause and effect and love and friendship. There are some really cool, awe-inspiring moments, there are also a good amount of humour spread throughout as well, but I believe the best moments are the dramatic and quieter ones between the main characters as they have the most amount of emotional weight and are really sweet/heartbreaking. I think the problems with this film start before you actually watch the film, I think the marketing did a pretty poor job at telling you what the film was about, I thought it was going to be some special journey into another world and while that is definitely a part of the film there is a lot more going on in this film and once the main mystery behind Tomorrowland is discovered you realise that this wasn’t he film you were expecting. This film deals with a lot of real world issues and is a little closer to reality then the trailers suggested, and while I found it interesting and smart the way it was handled, at the same time there is a slot of set up beforehand and I feel some of the story could have been streamlined just to get to its main point.
Now let’s talk about the cast. George Clooney as Frank Walker. This guy is a bit of a recluse and sure he was a bit whiny and angry, but when you see why his character turned out the way that he did, you really do feel for him and understand his pain. I liked Clooney in this role, this was a different kind of role than most of the other stuff I’ve seen him in. Brittany Robertson does well as Casey Newton, she was a little annoying at times because she wouldn’t listen to reason or was scream a lot, however she was witty, bright and quite nice. Hugh Laurie does well as David Nix, I’ve never seen Laurie in a villainous role before so it was interesting to see how he handled it. He was pretty funny and mean in this role, though at times he did come across as a bit of a generic bad guy. I would say the real star of this film is Raffey Cassidy as Athena, this character is pretty important to the plot and has some really awesome moments in the action sequences, but more so than that she has some great moments with Frank and Casey. Her emotional scenes are the best and I feel like she’s the heart of the film. In addition to that Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key are good as Ursula and Hugo Gernsback and it was great to see Pierce Gagnon again as Nate Newton, Casey’s brother he’s grown up a little since Looper but he’s still adorable and such a great child actor.
When it comes to the presentation it is pretty good. On the visual side of things the film looked very nice with some good cinematography and the CGI used to craft the world of Tomorrowland, the futuristic weapons and action set pieces were really detailed, colourful and realistic. As for the soundtrack, once again Brad Bird teams up with the awesome Michael Giacchino and Mr. Giacchino creates a very vivid, adventurous and epic score that feels just as epic and bombastic in style like some of his previous work on The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
In conclusion Tomorrowland was a pretty good film. I will admit that the film didn’t blow me away, but it had a really interesting story, great performances from the cast and some impressive visual effects. This is definitely one of those films you have to see for yourself if the mixed reception on the film is anything to go by, I honestly thought after the film’s reception that it would be a bad cinema viewing but I ended up liking it a lot.
So have you seen Tomorrowland and if so what did you think of it? And for those who were looking forward to it, was it better or was than you expected? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀