TOMORROWLAND: A Magical Place that Only Disney Could Create

Release Date: May 22, 2015
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Rated PG
Grade: A-
Directed by Brad Bird
Screenplay by Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird

What if there was a place, a secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.

Ever since she was a little girl, Casey Newton dreamt of going into space. As a teenager, her natural instinct for science and quick problem-solving skills help her in her mission of saving a rocket launching pad from being destroyed. Unbeknownst to Casey, she is being watched. When she ends of being arrested during one of her missions and upon release she finds a mysterious pin in her belongings. After a brief glimpse of what the pin can do, Casey is determined to track down other pins which leads her to Frank Walker. In 1964, Frank Walker brought his homemade jet-pack to the World’s Fair only to be dismissed by a senior inventor. Luckily, a little girl who saw enormous potential in Frank allowed him to follow her to a miraculous place. Now, 50 years later, Frank is a reclusive cynical man who is waiting for the world to end until he meets Casey. Together, they must find a way to fix the future.

I want you to take me there

Tomorrowland was first conceived by Walt Disney in the 1950’s and is still a major attraction at the Disney Theme Parks. Brad Bird who has directed several incredible Disney animated films, brings his ingenuity to the big screen with this live action Disney film. Along with an extremely talented cast and crew, Bird tells an original story that is both timely and inspiring. Britt Robertson’s performance is refreshingly sincere and most of her script stands out as the driving force of the film. The special effects are so fantastic that I felt that I was actually transported to a magical place that only Disney could create. I was not alone in the packed screening that appeared to be moved by the 140 minutes of pure delight. Transport yourself to the theater to see this one and ask yourself: which wolf will you feed?

   ~Movie Buffette

 

“In a modern world – everywhere we look we see the influence that science has on our daily lives. Many of the things that seem impossible now will become realities tomorrow.” ~ Walt Disney

Disney's TOMORROWLAND Casey (Britt Robertson)
Disney’s TOMORROWLAND, Casey (Britt Robertson)

Two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird takes us on a mystery adventure ride to a place where dreamers live a life they can’t find on earth.   The film shares its name with the futuristic themed land found at Disney theme parks Tomorrowland is both nostalgic and forward thinking.  It is reflective of the time we live in and yet it takes us to the past as well.   I was enthralled from the beginning with 1964 set design for the World’s Fair.  I felt as it I was looking at an early version of EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). The scenes from the futuristic city of Tomorrowland were breathtaking. They paid homage to Walt Disney’s vision. The budget was well spent on set and costume design along with special effects.  Not only did I want to sign up for a rocket trip, but I was ready to visit Magic Kingdom and EPCOT again.  Tomorrowland is not just a film – it is a state of mind where all of us can be dreamers and imagine a utopian world where we are the best we can be.           

~A.S. MacLeod

Starring:

George Clooney as Frank Walker
Thomas Robinson as Young Frank
Hugh Laurie as David Nix
Britt Robertson as Casey Newton
Raffey Cassidy as Athena
Tim McGraw as Eddie Newton
Pierce Gagnon as Nate Newton
Kathryn Hahn as Ursula
Keegan-Michael Key as Hugo

About Leigh Ann Rassler