Frank Walker (George Clooney) went to the New York World Fair in 1964. He was just a boy, but had hopes of winning the $50 prize in the Hall of Inventions with the jetpack he created. Unfortunately, his jetpack doesn’t technically fly, so he was turned away. While at the submission desk, Frank meets a young girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy). Athena then shows Frank a world that is beyond his wildest imaginations.
Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is a young girl in 2003. She is fascinated with the stars, promising that one day she will travel among them. As a teenager, her dreams come crashing down. NASA is dismantling the launch platform near her house, since the program has been discontinued. Not only does this mean she will never travel to space, but her father (Tim McGraw) will lose his job as well.
Casey is given a pin that lets her view a beautiful world. A peaceful world where she will still be able to make her dreams come true. After narrowly escaping a couple (Keegan-Michael Key and Kathryn Hahn), seeking information about her pin, Casey must find a now old and jaded Frank and travel to the world she has seen, in hopes of saving Earth from its imminent destruction.
Tomorrowland takes us on a journey into a world where anything is possible. As long as you never give up. It highlights all the problems in today’s world, and lets us know that we are the only ones who can change it. We just have to try. If we let what is wrong in the world bring us down, it will ultimately cause our destruction.
If this sounds a bit heavy for a Disney movie, I completely understand. It very easily could have taken a dark turn and become a depressing movie. However, the way Brad Bird tells the story makes it more of a story of hope. We don’t have to continue down this destructive path if we don’t want to.
George Clooney brings his usual charm to this film. Casting Thomas Robinson as a young Frank was a perfect choice. His looks and personality match what I can imagine Clooney was like as a kid. Raffey Cassidy is just too cute for words. From her freckled face to her English accent, she is almost too much.
There is more story than action in Tomorrowland. That’s not to say that it isn’t visually pleasing. The landscapes presented, while almost entirely computer generated, are excellently done. Whether it’s the vast fields, or the futuristic city, everything is well put together. The action, when it happens, is, for the most part, well done. Sure, some of the CGI effects come across a little cartoonish, but they’re not offensive. It reads more as a film aimed at kids, providing action that appeals more to them. I was surprised, however, that the film was not done in 3D. It would have translated well, considering the world we are presented with. It seems like a missed opportunity.
Tomorrowland has a good message for kids and adults alike. It is our responsibility to make things better. We just can’t give up. It is entertaining enough to keep from being preachy. The kids especially will like it, making it a good choice for a family movie outing.