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Tomorrowland

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.

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Apes on Horses!

APES ON HORSES! As the gentlemen over at Schmoes Know have affectionately named the newest installment in the long lived Planet of the Apes Franchise. The much anticipated sequel to 2011’s Planet of the Apes reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. This film has been one of the top films I have been looking forward to this year. Rise was such a surprise and phenomenal film Dawn had a lot to live up too. Needless to say, not only doe Dawn live up to its predecessor, it may even surpass it.

For 10 years what has been known as the Simian Flu has plagued the world. The survivors that still do what they can to combat the virus, have come to a thin line of peace with the genetically evolved primates led by Caesar. Caesar who still has a soft spot for humans due to his upbringing. The peace as thought proves to be too fragile to keep and war breaks out to determine who will survive as Earths dominate species. Man, or Ape.

The film stars Andy Serkis in the role as Caesar, and as Serkis has become the king of motion capture in film, this is no exception. Alongside Serkis are Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Toby Kebbell, Judy Greer, and, Kodi Smit-McPhee. Dawn is written once again by Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa, and joining them is Mark Bomback. This go around Matt Reeves takes up the director’s chair.

Everything about Dawn is incredible. The script is nearly perfect. Every time you think you know where the story is going, there is a turn you don’t see coming. It is almost predictable. Watching the film I saw where it was going and said to myself “ok here is the story, got it, pretty cool….. Oh wait no” and that happened numerous times! The Story is not complex, but it is deep. It shows what can be wrong with society, and how bad things can turn quickly.

The Apes have built up their community, and are living in their society and you sit there in awe of what the film makers were able to do. You believe in the trust and strength within the Ape community. And each Ape has their own personality, the actors behind the Motion Capture do a wonderful job.

Speaking of Mo-Cap. I find it would be incredibly disrespectful not to mention how Andy Serkis deserves a freaking Oscar nomination. He brings Caesar to life. You see Serkis behind the eyes of Caesar. You see him in his movements. This isn’t some CGI monkey. Caesar is Serkis. And he is just perfect in the role. You feel for him, you care about him. When he is off screen, you notice he is not there. Not that the film is lacking anything when he is gone, but at the same time, you wait and are ready for what Serkis brings to film.

As Rise was in fact James Franco’s movie, stolen by Serkis’ Caesar, Dawn is Caesar’s film, Stolen by Kebbell and his portrayal of Koba. You remember Koba, he was the bad mother F’er that showed up in Rise knowing the drill in labs. He is Caesar’s right hand Ape, yet is not afraid to tell Caesar when he is wrong. Even with all the power Caesar holds over the Apes, Koba will let him know what is up, but is quick to back down to place. And Kebbell is instrumental in bringing Koba to life. What Serkis has done to Caesar, Kebbell is doing with Koba.

When it all comes down, I ranked Dawn of the Planet of the Apes pretty high. I gave it a 5.6, with a full bonus of .5 for APES ON HORSES! That rounds the score out to 6.1, our second JEEBUS-TACULAR of the year!