Walt Disney Studios Tomorrowland review written by Sean Gerber May 22, 2015 In theaters this weekend is a breath of fresh, clean air compared to the far too many blockbusters that have come to rely on smoke, debris, and grey skies to impress (or depress) audiences. Without a cloud in sight, director Brad Bird’s message is clear and seeks far greater than an indictment of doom and gloom moviemaking. TOMORROWLAND has found constant cynicism to be a poor disguise for lack of effort. The art of dreaming has been lost, in part, because it eventually requires doing. Dreaming is TOMORROWLAND’s greatest strength and carries the film rather well in its first two acts. The early adventures of Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson, before giving way to George Clooney) in the global/inter-dimensional science fair know as Tomorrowland are efficient reminders of our former selves. Futuristic science fiction and fantasy provide a joyful sense of wonder harkening back to a time when we spent more time thinking about what color our flying car would be than what inevitable war or cataclysmic event will unite us with the dinosaurs. All of that works, especially when it is played out even more effectively through the eyes of Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a young woman who never mistakes maturity for apathy. It is her journey the story mostly follows, as Casey is invited to Tomorrowland by the city’s never-aging native, Athena (Raffey Cassidy). According to Athena, Casey is the key to returning the city of tomorrow to its former glory. Athena chose wisely. Casey is the character who never agrees with any conclusion suggesting all hope is lost and is more willing than anyone else to act. More than a believer, Casey is doer and the film should have carried on with her as the center of the story in the third act, for doing is where TOMORROWLAND begins to fall short. Clooney’s grown-up Frank can be a lot of fun, but he’s bogged down by a jaded attitude lacking sufficient cause. He’s got gadgets galore in his house, keepsakes from his time in Tomorrowland, but never shares them. He completes his arc in a very small, personal way that doesn’t properly serve the selflessness propelling the film’s overall message. Frank Walker is very much a product of Tomorrowland. As far as we can tell, none of its inhabitants have brought their discoveries back to the world they are supposedly trying to improve. Their optimism is admirable and has real value, but it is certainly not the only part of the equation needed to provide tangible solutions. Dreaming demands follow through and showing more of it would have greatly benefited this movie. Despite the flaws in its third act execution, this is still a film worth seeing. TOMORROWLAND presents a rare, positive attitude and a worthwhile message that deserves to be heard even if it’s delivered imperfectly. It wears its heart on its sleeve while providing ample doses of family fun and whimsy that will keep audiences entertained. TOMORROWLAND might even be capable of inspiring some of its viewers to dream of a better tomorrow. They’ll just have to remember to put in the work to make it a reality when they wake up. Tomorrowland review was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related DisneyTomorrowland 3 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post Finale Review: THE FLASH’s “Fast Enough” Is Triumphant. next post Open Forum: SAN ANDREAS You may also like Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON Is All About The... August 8, 2016 Emma Watson To Star In Disney’s BEAUTY... January 26, 2015 Disney Releases First One-Sheet From BEAUTY AND... July 7, 2016 CINDERELLA Teaser & Poster Unveiled May 15, 2014 Cinderella review March 12, 2015 Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS December 2018! May 31, 2016 MILLION DOLLAR ARM Review May 15, 2014 Watch The Tantalizing Teaser For TOMORROWLAND! October 9, 2014 Mowgli Meets Baloo In New Clip From... March 29, 2016 The Jungle Book: How Kingsley Connected Kipling... April 6, 2016 Adrian Edmondson Looking forward to seeing this soon . Michael Bradley Just watched it in imax. Didn’t blow be away, but very good. I hope that lackluster box office and reviews don’t stop others from more original ideas. Jeff Duarte I had enough fun mixed in with awe, wonder and excitement to enjoy the film overall, despite it’s small warts. 3 stars out of 4.