Possibly spoilers ahead!
The plot starts with a flashback introducing us to George Clooney’s Frank (once a child genius and now a disillusioned recluse). Then we’re introduced to Britt Robertson’s Casey (a young, bright and scientifically minded teenager). The point of the intros is to show us taking us how both characters become involved in the experimental project, Tomorrowland. As it turns out, both are recruited by a mysterious young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), more on her later.
Anywho, Casey and Frank are both privy to a secret that few people know: there is a world, where the best and brightest artists, inventors, engineers and dreamers have created a better society, free of the strife of everyday life on Earth.
However, the door to Tomorrowland has long been shut, guarded by Governor Nix (Hugh Laurie), Nix’s believes that Tomorrowland is an ark that will preserve the best of us after humanity collapses on itself. And the clock is ticking, with humanity having only 58 days left.
As I said at the top, I really liked this movie. However, I’m not gonna lie to you and tell you this is a perfect film. “Tomorrowland” could easily have been 25-35 minute’s shorter. The two prologues ran about 15-20 minutes each, which I thought was a waste of time when a couple of flashbacks could have done the trick.
Also, the best action, drama, and funny moments take place in the normal world, not in Tomorrowland. The third act of the film finally brings us to Tomorrowland, but the heart the film had until then is basically gone. The third act is riddled with plotholes, making the ending feel rushed. There are also a few subplots (like the Frank / Athena story) that don’t have a very satisfying end.
As far as the acting goes, George Clooney and Britt Robertson are good both individually and together. But the choice to frame the story with an interlude that features Clooney and Robertson bantering about how to tell the story, I felt, was a wasted opportunity.
The breakout star of “Tomorrowland” is young Raffey Cassidy, playing Athena. Her character has a fine line to walk (If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about), but Cassidy steers through and maintains a proper balance. I actually cared more about Athena, than any of the other characters in the film. Whether on purpose or not, Athena is the heart and soul of “Tomorrowland.”
“Tomorrowland” opened in first place over the Memorial Day weekend, but it didn’t exactly set the boxx office on fire. I think its easy to see why: Nobody knew what this movie was about. I supported the secrecy during production, but to continue with the same level of secrecy during the marketing was a huge mistake by Disney. “Tomorrowland” is a PG Disney movie starring George Clooney. This movie should have been a smash
I still suggest seeing “Tomorrowland” in theatres, there’s a lot to like. And Raffey Cassidy alone is worth the price of admission. But yeah, this movie could have been something really special.
“Tomorrowland” final score: 8