This movie is about Tomorrowland, a place where scientists gather and solve the world’s problems. Things don’t work out, of course, but that’s what the purpose is. A young girl, Athena, goes out to find potential recruits, such as our two main characters, Frank and Casey. Frank has turned bitter and old after getting kicked out of Tomorrowland while Casey is still bright-eyed and optimistic. Together, they need to stop some kind of mysterious machine.
This film isn’t subtle about messages. It wants people to feed hope and do good in the world. It’s a fine message, but it’s still delivered strongly. And how much you enjoy the movie might come down to how much you agree with their way of saving the world. I really like science and technology, so that part is fine for me.
The movie is okay, mostly. It could be much better, though. Hmm. There’s a lot that might be spoilers, so I’ll have to talk about it later. For the main characters, though, I liked all three of them. Athena is the best part of the film, for certain. She has that low-key sass where you don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late.
Frank and Casey are fine counterpoints while still being on the same side. They’re both amusing in their own way.
The movie does drag on a bit. There are a lot of action scene that are fun when taken on their own, but all they do is draw out the length of the film. It’s alright, but it could have been better.
Time for spoiler thoughts, which I’ll get more into my problems with the film.
Tomorrowland, Tomorrowland. For being the title of the movie, Tomorrowland almost feels unimportant. It’s the goal of the characters to reach there, but we don’t see enough of Tomorrowland. Perhaps it’s budget or something, but for most of the time we’re in Tomorrowland, the characters are indoors with not much going on.
Most of the film is about just getting to Tomorrowland. We don’t spend much time in the city at all. And when we do, the city feels really different from how it was shown earlier without much of an explanation why. The film should have focused more on Tomorrowland, less on the world outside. And when we were in Tomorrowland, everything felt small. There were only a few characters shown at a time and all the indoor shots hid the scale of the city.
And solving Tomorrowland’s problem felt too easy. Just replace the leader. Yep, that did it. There’s no system of people in place that liked the old leader or disliked him. We didn’t see any of that.
Tomorrowland is a movie that wants to have hope and dreams in the world, and that’s great. The movie itself is merely alright.