Tomorrowland is definitely for dreamers. The movie starring George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Britt Robertson sets up a world to inspire viewers and stir their minds. The movie, based around the futuristic themed land found at Disney theme parks, follows a disillusioned genius inventor (Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Robertson), as they embark on an adventure to save the world and an ambiguous dimension known as “Tomorrowland”, where their actions directly affect the world and themselves.
Dreamers Wanted…Disney invites you to an incredible world of epic imagination where anything is possible. Buckle your seat belt, as the director of The Incredibles takes your family on an action-packed thrill ride. Tomorrowland transports you on an inspiring and magical journey of wonder and adventure to a place where if you can dream it, you can do it.
While I loved this movie for a lot of reasons, it drew a lot of criticism for spending hardly any time in the actual world of Tomorrowland. As viewers we spend maybe a collective 20 minutes in the world when it is in its prime and then 30 minutes in its lowest point. The rest of the movie is the journey to get back to Tomorrowland and then to save the world.
But here is the thing. The point of the movie wasn’t to show us how amazing Tomorrowland is, it was to show us how amazing Tomorrowland could be. The point of the film was to inspire dreamers to keep dreaming, to keep inventing, to keep trying to improve the world around us.
Tomorrowland was not meant to show what is but to show what COULD BE if we let the dreamers of the world do their thing and create, invent, build.
Much like Clooney’s character, Frank, given a world where he could thrive, the impossible became possible. Tomorrowland was very much about promoting the need for providing that environment to our scientists, musicians, artists, and creators of all kind.
After the overall message of the film, I found the acting to be very well performed. Clooney portrayed the disillusioned and exiled inventor to a T. His anger and betrayal only melting away when matched against the enthusiastic and passionate voice of Casey. The two characters played off each other perfectly, adding an endearing and often funny dialogue that gave the science fiction film depth. I could easily believe these two actors had known each other for years given how well they understood their cues and mannerisms.
The DVD/Blu-Ray home release also comes with TONS of bonus features that you don’t want to miss. They kept me busy for so long after the movie was over. Remembering the Future: A Personal Journey Through Tomorrowland with Brad Bird lets you discover everything there is to know about the making of Tomorrowland through Director Brad Bird’s perspective and I found this super interesting. Production diaries give you a glimpse into what was happening behind the scenes and shows you how they created some of the more interesting scenes of the movie. But as usual, the best bonus features are the deleted scenes. These give you some more backstory into the world of the movie that you wouldn’t get to see if you just wanted the movie. These are scenes that got cut but the director still wants you to see. So they are obviously still important to the story!
This is a film that I believe can be watched again and again with a high relevance for several years.