Sound Off: Brad Bird's Sci-Fi 'Tomorrowland' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
May 22, 2015
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.
What did you think of Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland? Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
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