Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 50% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Brad Bird
Written By: Jeff Jensen, Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy and Hugh Laurie
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Synopsis: Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. – (Source)
There are some genuine moments of sheer childlike wonder in the fantastical gadgets and hijinks in this film (the scenes at the Eiffel Tower were some of my favorites) and the visual effects were top notch.
I also really liked young British actress Raffey Cassidy as an artificial life form tasked with recruiting geniuses for Tomorrowland. She and Thomas Robinson (as the younger version of George Clooney’s character) had a nice chemistry and I really wouldn’t have minded spending more time in the past with the two youngsters in Tomorrowland and less in the present.
The story was a bit on the hokey and cookie cutter side. it just felt like something Disney would make and I am not meaning that as a compliment. There was a bit too much preachiness and “lets all come together” koombaya for this old cynics tastes too.
I actually like Britt Robertson (she was the only good thing about the terrible UNDER THE DOME TV series) but in this movie she was working over time to be the most obnoxious character to ever grace a movie screen. Everything about her was just irksome to the nth degree.
George Clooney seemed disengaged through 50% of his time onscreen.
And poor Hugh Laurie was just wasted here in a ho-hum villain role that was never fleshed out enough to make me give a damn about him or his sinister machinations.
I would love to know why the dimension full of geniuses made the decision to dress like a combination of Emerald City guards and a generic alien from BABYLON 5. They couldn’t recruit someone with a little fashion sense?
Final Verdict: A perfectly serviceable bit of fantasy adventure but coming from the mind and camera of Brad Bird I expect much more than just an average movie. Good enough for a view on Netflix but not worth the effort of schlepping out to a movie theater and paying big bucks for the pleasure of watching it on the big screen.