Tomorrowland - a bloated and blundering spectacle only the kids could enjoy.
It feels exceedingly cynical and pessimistic to dislike a film with such a positive message as Tomorrowland.
Very rarely do we at Archon Cinema Reviews not write a summary for a film. Only for the incredibly odd and unique stories in which there is a mysterious aspect do we leave it to the film studio itself. This is true of Tomorrowland as well, but that is only because its plot is a redundant, uninspired, cyclical mess.
When a film viewer wants to lob off a twenty minute chunk of a film, there is a problem. And yes, if it was up to us as editors, we would have unceremoniously gotten rid of the first twenty minutes of the film. The only point of these scenes were to unnecessarily feature its male star George Clooney in a desperate attempt to hook theater goers into sticking around for the next two hours.
It is completely acceptable for a science fiction family film with a mysterious adventure sub plot to have a moderately complicated plot. Tomorrowland has a very simple plot, with so much superfluous brouhaha, you really have to roll up your sleeves and dig past the garbage to find it.
The narrative features a female lead played by Britt Robertson. And yet, rather than center on the protagonist’s path, the film veers unlinearly back to Clooney constantly. For all that Clooney is worth, he is a complete miscast in this film and his lazy acting is near unbearable.
For a film about a wondrously enigmatic land filled with nothing but possibilities, Tomorrowland even manages to fall short on the awe. Disney used to be synonymous with magic, and this film has none. What it does have a plenty are action shots complete with spectacular visuals to sate audiences.
No amount of explosions can compensate for the lack of clarity in a film with no driving force. Worst of all, it has no hope, no innocence, and no excitement. How can a film about the future of tomorrow be missing all that?
Tomorrowland (2015) – Review