622. Tomorrowland

622-tomorrowlandBackground info

Title: Tomorrowland
Director: Brad Bird
Year: 2015
Run time: 2hrs 10m

“From Disney comes two-time Oscar winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt 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.”

Live blog

2:20 – The interruptions are annoying. Tell us George!
3:19 – That kid looks JUST like a young George Clooney, it’s freaky.
4:30 – “I guess I got tired of waiting around for someone else to do it for me.”
10:48 – This transport is so like the TARDIS.
16:57 – “What if there’s everything?”
23:08 – Tim McGraw as crazy science guy is fun/not so believable.
24:55 – She’s awesome. “Can we fix it?” All anyone needs to ask.
31:32 – She’s so clever, I’m not sure I would have figured out what to do!
32:43 – Whilst I’m loving the future, it’s not fooling anyone. Blatantly the science park thing in Valencia.
40:35 – Working on the best entrance ever.
48:33 – She’s like a tiny little Terminator.
52:59 – Heeh! I love it when robots power down.
1:04:03 – Who would throw out GC?
1:06:10 – Robots inappropriate smile, also funny.
1:09:47 – I want all of those escape methods in my Grand Designs house.
1:15:46 – I sense a bunker coming on.
1:18:04 – “This sounds spectacular.”
1:18:57 – The solution to time travel is coke???
1:19:50 – How can you know you’re in Paris when you’re stood on the tower?
1:24:07 – It’s a launchpad!
1:32:53 – Tachyon particles, like in TimeRiders.
1:52:52 – “Dreamers need to stick together.”
2:02:29 – I haven’t had a pin yet! Have to be more awesome.

Conclusions

I vaguely remember seeing the trailer for this a long time back, and it didn’t really give a lot away. So I had zero expectations going in and was absolutely blown away.

It’s a great story – a different dimension in time and space where creative thinkers get free reign? Sign me up! It’s overall optimistic, despite the undertones, and although it does feel a little bit preachy about positive thinking and how we’re clearly not doing anything to change the end of the world as we know it, mostly I just felt inspired to do awesome things.

George and Britt were both great, and I thought the CGI was fabulous – even if Mr C couldn’t stop pointing out all the bits that were blatantly Valencia.  Hugh Laurie was also fun, although typical the British one ends up being the bad guy again.

It felt like SUCH a Disney film, in a way that movies haven’t for a long time. Hard to explain exactly what that means, but I guess kid heroes, amazing adventures, a nice rounded story that isn’t going to need a sequel. Loved it.

Rating: 5/5.

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