This has been a film that has been highly talked about in the entertainment industry. One that I have been looking forward to and have been very intrigued by. After the first teaser that showed nothing more than a young girl picking up a pin and whisked away to a magical futurific world, I figured I didn’t need to see anything else. I was all in. So earlier today I had to make a decision on what to see tonight. This film or Poltergeist. And I guess it’s safe to assume, I chose, Tomorrowland.
Tomorrowland is the newest adventure film from Disney Pictures. The film stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Kathryn Hahn, Tim McGraw, Keegan-Michael Key, and Judy Greer. It is directed by Brad Bird, as well as co-written by Bird and Damon Lindelof. The film is titled after the Disney Parks futuristic themed park of the same name. Bird has said that his script was influenced by Walk Disney’s depiction of a utopian future for our world.
The trailers have all been very vague. And that is part of the magic that this film has, you don’t know a lot about it. So I am not really going to tell you what it is about. The basics are this girl (Robertson) finds a pin that shows her another world, a world of the future. She has to go on this adventure with a man (Clooney) and young girl (Cassidy) so that they can do something to save somewhere. Did that make sense? Did it help? Are you still in the dark, yet intrigued? Good, I’m glad. Let’s get into.
The film is a big mystery that you spend 75% of the film wondering what is going on. The film always has stuff going on, but not things that really tell you what is going. You are trying to figure out what the premise and what they have to do all film long. And the journey is the fun part of this film. The cinematography is beautiful. The CGI is seamless; it is incredible how they brought these visuals to you. Brad Bird’s direction is particularly a plus on Tomorrowland. He brings you into this world and you believe every aspect of it.
The casting and characters were all a lot fun and very well cast. Robertson is going to be a good star going forward. She is you main star and carries the film, and that’s hard to do when you are up against George Clooney. Clooney has had a tendency to phone it in every now and then, because he is The Cloon. He can just be himself and it’s all good. He tones back his Clooneyisims, and really draws you into this character. But, as good as these are, the breakout star is Raffey Cassidy. She plays a mysterious girl, and she is what you will walk away remembering. This girl is young but very very talented.
There are a lot of problems though with this film. The tone is a little all over the place. It has an Old school Disney film feel to it at times, but then gets really deep with a message that it is beating you over the head with. When you finally get to the big reveal, the threat, it’s kind of lackluster, and weak. It gets silly and you are kind of taken out of the film toward the end. There are a lot of scenes that are cartoony out of the mix.
I saw this film in IMAX. And I will tell you this, it is a film meant to be seen in IMAX. It is beautiful, and amazing in every way. So that’s Tomorrowland. A decent film, worth going to see. I’m scoring it with 4.2 on the Jeebus Scale. So what say you Jackass Nation? Have you seen Tomorrowland? Are you excited for it, what are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below.
The Jeebus Score explained
The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.