TOMORROWLAND – Rated PG
From the man who brought us Disney’s UP, RATATOUILLE, and THE INCREDIBLES ~ Writer and Director Brad Bird ~ comes a tail of futuristic places, genius youngsters and creations beyond your wildest dreams – so buckle in and hold on tight, because you are about to take the ride of your life into TOMORROWLAND!
The year is 1964, and young genius Frank Walker (Thomas Robinson) has made his way to the World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, Queens to show off his newly invented contraption, to adult mastermind and fellow genius Mr. Nix (played by Hugh Laurie). When Nix realizes Frank’s design is a little flawed, he sends him on his way to redesign his creation. But before Frank can leave the Fair, he catches the eye of the beautiful young Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who sees Frank’s true potential and abilities, and wants him to stay…
Flash forward to the intellectually profound world of fellow genius of the world, the young and misunderstood Casey Newton (Britt Robertson). Casey is trying her best to keep NASA from shutting down, as her father Eddie Newton (Tim McGraw) is one of their best engineers, and their family needs him to stay working. When she is caught vandalizing NASA’s staging site, Casey is sent to “the slammer” for a little while anyway, and upon her release, she finds a pin in her belongings that she has never seen before.
With just the touch of this foreign object, Casey is taken to the world of her wildest dreams, a world filled with unimaginable creations – but how did she get there?? And how did this strange world come to fruition? And most importantly, why has she been sent there?
When her path finally crosses with an older and more mature Frank Walker (played by the aging very gracefully GEORGE CLOONEY), Casey may finally get all the answers she has been searching her whole life for…
I give Disney’s TOMORROWLAND 4 out of 5 stars: This film is filled with enough Disney magic to keep both the youngsters and the adults mesmerized throughout, and Clooney and Robertson are fantastic playing the geniuses decades apart. The storyline keeps you on your toes too, as figuring out what’s real, and what’s NOT, is anyone’s guess. And the presence of mind for Bird, and fellow writer Damon Lindelhof, to incorporate Walt Disney’s vision in the scenes from the 1964 World’s Fair (which was actually held to showcase Walt Disney and GE’s PROGRESSLAND, along with four other creations of Disney’s IMAGINEERING in real-life) – and to bring some these creations to life once again in this film, was truly amazing. Walt dreamed the impossible and made it possible over his lifetime ~ and this film will be touching many lives in it’s wake, that will be moved to accomplish even more than he!!! TOMORROWLAND is perfect for the entire family, as you find yourself drawn to be “the best that you can be”, because within every mind is an idea just waiting to be created!! The only thing that held me back from giving this film 5 out of 5 Stars was the fact that it began to drag on towards the end ~ it is 130 minutes long ~ which may make it to long too, for some youngsters to sit through 😉
P.S. If you want to learn more information about DISNEY’s vision at the 1964/1965 World’s Fair – please visit thisdayindisneyhistory.homestead.com to learn more about PROGRESSLAND, GREAT MOMENTS WITH MR. LINCOLN, IT’s A SMALL WORLD and the MAGIC SKYWAY – it might come in handy at your next trivia night 😉