I had my big little home over the weekend. He has a couple weeks off between spring semester and summer semester. He spent a few days here and then flew out to Utah to hang with friends earlier this week. He is probably traipsing across beautiful mountains right about now – I’m jelly. Before he left, the two of us headed out to a screening of Tomorrowland. It’s Disney and stars George Clooney so I figured those are two pros. It had to be good, right?
Tomorrowland is a special place in another dimension where only certain people are invited to visit. It’s a mecca for creative types, inventors and geniuses. That’s all I’ll say. Disney is trying to keep a lot of the plot under wraps and they really want the movie goer to go in not knowing much.
Here are the positives… 1. George Clooney does a good job. 2. Raffey Cassidy does a GREAT job (she plays the young girl/robot). 3. The film is family friendly; probably geared toward 7 – 12 year olds. 4. There are some decent special effects. 5. There is a beautiful message: If we would stop allowing our preconceived notions to be negative self-fulfilled prophesies, we could change the world. Hmmm, that’s about it for the win column…
Here is what we didn’t like. 1. Brit Robison (plays Casey, a high school age NASA lover) is so blah. I thought it was just me, but Gage thought the same thing. She was not believable and sorta boring on screen. 2. The story was weak. It had the potential to be something really inspiring but fell flat. 3. I personally thought there was some unnecessary violence. I’m sensitive to this since it’s being marketed as a “whole family can see it” movie. The violence is robot violence so Gage tried to convince me that was different. I’m not sure. 4. It’s a little over 2 hours, and for most of that we were waiting for something good to happen. When the movie ended, we felt a little cheated – like we had waited all that time to see something cool and nothing happened.
I’d give the film 2.5 stars. Worth watching when it comes out on DVD/on demand as a family movie night at home with some good pizza. A cushy couch and tasty pizza can help you overlook a lot of movie flaws. 10 dollar tickets and 8 dollar popcorn tend to make a us a little more critical – save your movie cash for something else.