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Sound Off: Brad Bird's Sci-Fi 'Tomorrowland' - What Did You Think?

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May 22, 2015

Tomorrowland

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "What if there was a place… where nothing was impossible?" Now playing in theaters everywhere is Brad Bird's sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland, starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney. Inspired by Walt Disney himself, this Disney adventure follows two optimistic, inventive minds as they try to save the future from hopelessness. The cast includes Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, plus Kathryn Hahn & Keegan-Michael Key. So how is it? Did Brad Bird hit it out of the park again? Is it worthy addition to the sci-fi genre, or another blunder? Did it inspire you? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on Brad Bird's Tomorrowland.

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To fuel the fire, I really enjoyed Tomorrowland. It's an anti-pessimist movie about having hope in the future, about being optimistic and dreaming. But it's also made for kids, or at least made to inspire kids (and the next generation) and remind them that they can and should dream as big as possible. I know that's just the message behind the film, but Brad Bird is an intricate storyteller and he weaves a very complex tale together to make that message mean something. And it really struck a chord with me. It's not perfect, I get it, there's some mediocre parts. It is more fun than it is challenging, there are some weak moments, and the action is a bit wonky, but I still enjoyed watching it. There's such an abundance of creativity and ingenuity, from the ideas about optimism in the film to the various design choices and Easter eggs hidden throughout.

I like Britt Robertson's performance as Casey Newton, but she's not perfect either. Clooney is fine, Hugh Laurie was interesting, and that robo girl played by Raffey Cassidy was out of this world. I like the parts about "dreamers" and the moments where we finally get a revelation. The visuals are fantastic, from the teaser of Tomorrowland to actually what they get to, and how it all feels seamless and works so smoothly as part of a bigger world. I do think Brad Bird has put together a very intricate film that works to serve both the imaginative crowd that it's trying to inspire, and the Disney family audience that needs entertainment. I should mention the violence but it makes sense for a PG movie, it's a cartoon, or at least comes from the mind of animation filmmaker, and it feels like it has that touch to it. I had fun. And was inspired. So there.

Tomorrowland

What did you think of Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
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  • Valentin
    It had its faults and maybe didn't even live up to Bird's own high standard but I thought it was very enjoyable.
  • tyban81
    I liked it. Every entertaining. Might be a little long. Not a kids movie.
    • Adam
      I don't think kids will get it much either.
  • Héctor Pérez Tovar
    It's a bunch of ideas that sound good on paper but the execution was a mess
  • Wayne
    Very disappointed. Story was a mess. Got way to environmentaly preachy to where I was rolling my eyes. Going to watch Mad Max again this weekend to re-affirm my faith in Hollywood movie making.
    • josh blount
      Yeah! Fuck positive movies! End of days movies are the only good movies!!! YEAH!!!! EXPLOSIONS!!!! BOOM BOOM BANG BANG!!!!!
    • ari smulders
      well said...
    • JBroti
      More or less environmentally preachy than Avatar?
      • kamage
        I didn't think it was preachy at all.
        • JBroti
          I didn't either when seeing it. But all the naysayer reviewers really emphasized it to the point where I could see where they were coming from.
      • Adam
        Good example, I'd say the same.
      • TheBaldr
        I think it was much less preachier than Avatar, as far as environmental stuff. They pretty much blamed it mostly on the machine amplifying negative thoughts which would cause the war of destruction.
    • Yes, because MM story was so great but heh, it really does re-affirm that people do love mindless stupid action! So yay!
      • Bo
        Sorry Sascha, but I gotta disagree with your put down here of Mad Max. Mindless, stupid action? Ummmmmmm...well, to each his own. Maybe it is, maybe not. I thought it was fun, inventive and masterful filmmaking on all levels. I hope you ain't one of those super-hero comic book movie fans because that's really mindless and stupid...action or not! That would me my most humble opinion, of course...lol...
        • No problem, you can disagree. That's fine. It won't change my opinion however. Part of why this is fun.
          • Bo
            Okay by me. I can respect that. Jeez, from the accusation below from ShadowStorm...what kind of dude names himself that?...that you are a lonely twat on the net...I have to say I will disagree with that too, Sascha. Not my read on you at all. Just thought I'd let you know that. Let's keep having fun and ignore that kind of immature name calling chatter. Still....perhaps give Mad Max another try. Maybe change your opinion? No? Never mind...lol...
        • ari smulders
          Everybody who doesn't like mad max are no action lovers and have no eye for detail. Marvel movies comparing to the marvel mad max is comparing Michael Jackson to Eddie vedder or cobain. Great artist only Michael Jackson brought the entire music industry to another level. He who does not see the genius mind of Miller is not seeing the awesome historical jaw dropping performance of health ledgers joker or mindblowing church scene in the kingsman. Some things go straight into your subconcience en some in the trashbin of your memory... Mad max is a historical movie, who is keep coming back in my mind, and next week I am going for the second time, and that I never done before in my 48 year old life...
      • Brah, add your real name on here otherwise you're just another lonely twat on the net, making a lame attempt at a gay joke.
    • Bo
      Agree with you with regards to Mad Max!
  • josh blount
    A positive film, that while not perfect has a perfect message and that's enough to make it a great movie in a world of movies about explosions and chaos.
  • reckless
    hi , watched it , it sucks balls .
    • Bo
      Great review! Short and to the point. I like that! Plus, it really made me laugh. Thank you for that.
  • kamage
    I liked it. There were a lot of cool things in the movie, the action was fun, it had funny moments, the acting was good, and the little English girl was a surprise and she was phenomenal. The lasts moments with Clooney and Athena weren't so great - I thought that could have been better written - but overall I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
  • JB1794
    It had a retro feeling adventurous film with an overbearing push of current political correctness pessimism mixed in. The message to overcome such was overtly strong, forced in when it could have been a bit more subtle. The visuals were incredible, the storyline itself very good. The ending needed more time dedicated the outcome. As such, the inspiration was a bit lacking due to the weight given through most of the film. It left you yearning a bit too much for more of an uplifting ending. Considering the preachy mindset of the film with a short resolution, it weakened the final theme. A very good overall action adventurer film with a good message, forced and clobbered at times with pc pessimism and optimism. A non stop action piece with a salute to Disney and history, an enjoyable film you should see on the big screen.
    • JBroti
      Haha, I thought somehow I accidentally posted a comment.
  • I watched this movie with my eyes. When it was over I got up and left the theater. No.
  • Chris Groves
    After the bad reviews, I enjoyed it more than I expected. It was a fun, family-geared sci-fi adventure movie. Anyone expecting Brad Bird to make his equivalent of a 'big sci-fi' type movie like Interstellar had the wrong idea.
  • Whichhalfofthewit
    I was able to catch an early show Friday, avoiding any large crowd that might have been, yay! I actually really liked it much more than I thought I would. pre-movie opinion: potential over-produced disaster (since no real story reveal beforehand). post-movie opinion: really well made and well told story (regardless of some of the license they take). I rather enjoyed it. The real problem must have been the marketing of this film. Someone took a left somewhere and didn't listen to the GPS. It started being marketed as this huge cinematic event and then all of the sudden, a large stomping of the brakes as if they were heading off a cliff. Weird. It is mostly for kids but I enjoyed it too and will happily tell people to go see it. I bet they really didn't want to release it so soon at the start of summer, when kids are probably wanting to do many more things besides watch movies. I'm going to see if in a fake IMAX house tonight just to try out a new Dolby Cinema house in my area (AMC Prime). Good times.
  • Sean
    This is a great movie! I was very impressed!
  • Adam
    I actually enjoyed this movie much more then I thought I would, because of the mixed reviews. First of all, I loved how this felt like an old Amblin/Spielberg movie. The retro feel was very cool. I was impressed by the acting all around by the entire cast especially Raffey Cassidy, what a natural, simply amazing. Lastly, yes the story was uneven but, a lot of the blame was put on the third act which wasn't that bad. The third act was pretty much all action and that's what I came into this movie expecting. B+
  • Mark Fletcher
    well aren't you the overbearing tyrant! And whats wrong with being stoned and watching dumb movies?
  • TheBaldr
    The movie suffers from quite a different number of problems. Let start with the story. It should have cut out the whole talking to the camera bit and just started with George Clooney narrating his bus trip to the World's Faire. Then put in the movie logo and transition to Casey's story. Because they never came back to why he was recording that video in the ending anyways. The biggest problem they had was Nix. Nix is not nessarily an evil character, and they shouldn't have treated him in such black and white terms. I think a more complex fleshing out of this character would have worked better as a failed visionary. Especially if they had more linked Earth's fate with that of Tomorrowland. This would have made his henchmen better than a variation of terminator robots. I think they wasted so much time going to Paris, just so they could fill in some detail about how Tomorrowland was founded and it was so convoluted and made about as much sense as midichlorians controlling the force in star wars. They could have made the origin of Tomorrowland as simple as Nokola Tesla accidentally creating a portal to another dimension. They could have done all this and kept the preachiness and main message of the movie and would have been so much better.
  • TK
    I finally got the chance to watch Tomorrowland and I too enjoyed it immensely. The movie had grand ideas. Some of the execution was a bit lacking and the pacing of the movie was a little off at some points but I thought the overall story arc was well put together. Reminded me of what movies were like back in the 80's and 90's. Robogirl Athena was a brilliant character and Raffey Cassidy did an amazing job. The chemistry between her and George Clooney was great . I definitely left the cinema with a bit of a hop in my step. I really liked the fact that their was a broad message about this movie, and a few of my friends took different messages away from it. Some took away messages about the environment and the world around us, some took away dream big and never give up and interestingly some people pointed out that it had a message about depression as well. I'd give this movie an 8/10.

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