Movie Review: “Tomorrowland” – Science At Its Best

Written by Caitlin Cooper June 17, 2015

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Let’s face it: most new films these days aren’t all that new. There are so many remakes and sequels. Sometimes audiences crave something fresh to entertain them, something that’s a little different than anything that’s currently on the big screen. Enter “Tomorrowland”, a fun film about science, curiosity, and hope inspired by a theme park at Disney. It definitely fills the void created by the plethora of unoriginal films because it’s so unique.

“Tomorrowland” begins with a boy inventor who is invited to see a glimpse the future, or something like it. Fast forward and Casey (Britt Robertson), a teenager who is incredibly smart and curious, is given a pin which let’s her see a place filled with jet packs, and trains that can run without tracks. Naturally, she wants to know what this place is, and how to get there. But when she meets the now adult inventor, Frank (George Clooney), she learns that knowing about Tomorrowland is dangerous. Because not only is the place a secret kept from the world, but the place itself has a dark history. It’s up to Casey and Frank, with the help of an android, to uncover the truth in time to save Earth from a devastating future.

“Even the teeniest of actions could change the future.”

“Tomorrowland” is a film that makes everyone curious about science, much like it’s saviours Casey and Frank are. The film seems to say that curiosity is important, as is hope. Sure, the message of the film can be a little preachy – have hope that the future can be better and it will be – but it kind of convinced me. It’s a simple but powerful message. The characters are compelling, like the ever-optimistic Casey,  the cynical Frank, and the intelligent and determined Athena (Raffey Cassidy). While the plot sometimes suffers from weak spots, it’s mostly such an interesting and thought-provoking film. Not to mention the fact that all of the science is really cool. What I didn’t expect going into “Tomorrowland” is that it would be so funny. The majourity of the script includes witty one-liners, sarcasm, and other jokes. And it makes the film fun. A decent portion of the comedy is between Casey and Frank as they butt heads. Another aspect that’s cool? The many action scenes. The initial trailer for “Tomorrowland” didn’t tell us much, so it’s a nice surprise that the film is so fast-paced and entertaining.

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Another thing that “Tomorrowland” has going for it is its wonderful cast. Robertson plays Casey with a sense of wonder at the new science she encounters, and with a lot of optimism. It’s easy to root for her character. I can’t say I’ve seen Clooney act in many things (aside from “ER”), so it was nice to see that he indeed is a good actor, especially in terms of his comedic ability. Cassidy easily plays Athena as a wise robot, so much so that she seems more like and adult than a kid. Please note, however, that the reunion of Frank and Athena when Frank is an adult and Athena still looks like a kid is a little odd. Hugh Laurie makes a surprising appearance as “Tomorrowland’s” villain. He seems adept at playing a harsh character.

“Every day is the opportunity for a better tomorrow.”

“Tomorrowland” was a film that immediately captured my interest when I saw its trailer. While the film may have only made over $32 million its opening weekend in comparison with “San Andreas’s” $54 million and “Avengers: Age of Ultron’s” $191 million, I consider it this Spring’s hidden gem. The plot suffers from some weak spots, but mostly it’s a funny, action-packed, and incredibly interesting film. Anyone who is curious about science, or just loves science would probably love “Tomorrowland”. But everyone should give “Tomorrowland” a chance to inspire and entertain them.

My Rating: 8/10

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About Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin Cooper

Caitlin is an avid watcher of movies and television shows so she decided to use her passion to write about them. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature with a Minor in Creative Writing.

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