CineSportsTalk Fan Review: Tomorrowland

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by Jeffrey Bordoff,

Tomorrowland is a fantastic concept that is so hard to live up to.

I just saw Disney’s new Sci-Fi Adventure Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie and Britt Robertson.

The movie’s whole look is breathtaking and surreal. The cinematography throughout the film is fantastic from one of the best Directors of photography around - Claudio Miranda from Santiago Chile, who won an Oscar for Life of Pi and is well known in America for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has a great eye and really make the contrast of light, bright colors and drab rainy greys just jump off the screen without the use of 3D technology.

In case you aren’t familiar with Britt Robertson she played the loveable sorority girl in the latest Nicholas Sparks book adaptation The Longest Ride. She was also considered one of the 55 faces of the future by Nylon Magazine’s Young Hollywood Issue. The chemistry between her and George Clooney was very real and believable especially considering George still has no kids. He seems like he would make a great dad. He is also great at becoming the characters that he portrays. The authenticity that he brought to this role really elevates the whole production.

At the very beginning of the movie we find ourselves in Disneyland in the fifties at one point we even go on a ride in It’s a Small World. Tomorrowland after all is one of the original lands in The Magic Kingdom and Disneyland of course the home of the infamous Space Mountain. When I first heard about this movie I was worried that it might end up being a two hour ad for Disneyland.

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Hugh Laurie plays this antagonist so well in his smug arrogance the character does all of the wrong things but not because he is evil, but simply because he believes that he is doing the right thing.

Most of the movie is a flashback and this can lead to some confusion also, some of the characters and situations could have been explained better. I can’t really say much more without spoiling some of the plot. The themes of the movie are good and it is not simply good versus evil but that we have the potential for both inside of us and it is up to us which one we decide to follow and support.

Going into this movie my expectations were very high, especially knowing that Brad Bird the man that directed the Iron Giant one of my all time favorite children’s movies as well as The Incredibles was behind the wheel on this film in conjunction with the genius eye of a true master Claudio Miranda. The movie truly did blow me away for the first half hour. It lost me intermittently after that the plot was a little inconsistent from that point until the end when a lot of the storytelling converged and merged nicely into the films climax. For me the film left a lot unexplained and with too many unanswered questions. Tomorrowland is really beautiful to look at with with some strong positive messages for it’s young audience as well as great acting with some very touching moments.

Overall the older kids will love it and there is enough here for adults to enjoy as well but it may not be great for those that aren’t willing to accept the impossible and just ignore common sense and escape into this Incredible world.

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