Tomorrowland Falls Short

Tomorrowland is a Disney movie with a big job, to save the world. The movie starts with Frank Walker (Clooney) trying to warn people about the future. This is nothing new as it seems to be on the mind of every videogame, movie and television show producer.

It is no secret that most countries have, or are developing nuclear weapons. Not to scare anyone, but here is a map just to show you. As a child, Frank met Athena. She showed him a futuristic city called Tomorrowland. Unfortunately, he was exiled and his life was derailed. Add about 30 years, although it should be longer since Frank is now pushing what appears to be 50.

So we have Frank, 50 and Athena, who doesn’t age because (are you ready?) she’s a robot. Actually she’s an Audio Animatronic, but we will just keep calling her a robot. And they have not spoken since Frank left Tomorrowland. So Athena recruits someone new.

Meet Casey Newton (Robertson), the daughter of a NASA engineer. She keeps interrupting Frank’s introduction, I guess because they couldn’t think of a better way to move the story along. The phrase “nothing new is under the sun” comes to mind when I watch this film. Everything that happened, I thought back to another movie. This is a mix of Wall-E, Back to the Future and Bridge to Terabithia plus the robots look like Inspector Gadget.

Disney is going on this huge environmental kick with Wall-E, Happy Feet, and Tomorrowland. This movie, specifically Laurie’s speech, hits people with their lack of responsibility and conviction. Don’t watch the world burn, do something.  The problem with Tomorrowland is the self-righteous, humans suck attitude that tells us about the horrible cause of emissions and war. But what is Disney doing about it?

Frank, Casey and Athena make it to Tomorrowland after fighting off several robots and using a spaceship that launches out of a silo under the Eiffel Tower.The spaceship out of the Eiffel Tower is a cool idea, although absurdly idiotic. It would have been better if the spaceship let out the Men In Black amnesia beam instead of just an Electromagnetic pulse.
When they arrive, Governor Nix (Laurie) meets them and shows them the problem. In 58 days, war will be on every continent, the ice caps will melt and the world will be destroyed. This is a great topic for a kid’s movie.

“You’ve got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation, explain that one. Beesbutterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, the algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won’t take the hint! In every moment there’s a possibility of a better future, but you people won’t believe it. And because you won’t believe it you won’t do what is necessary to make it a reality.” –Nix

During Laurie’s speech, he says, “to save the world from annihilation, I showed it to them.” Now he is complaining that people ate it up and the world crumbled. Isn’t ironic that this movie is doing the same thing?I don’t mind a good movie about important topics, and world destruction is an important one. But don’t insult me, blame me, and threaten my death all at the same time. Then I’m just going to get tired of it.

Overall, the story is interesting and they tried to do good works. But they failed. The movie is 2 hours and 10 minutes long and it takes us an hour to get to Tomorrowland. And even after they get there, the conflict is resolved so quickly, I
think I missed some major plot points. Not to mention the love/hate relationship between Frank and Athena is a little
creepy considering his age.  This movie needs to be taken back to the drawing board, stripped of all of the “green initiative” and made as a really fun and cool movie with a guy who tries to keep it for himself.

Rating: 4.6/10

*Featured Image belongs to Walt Disney Pictures

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