First, let me start by giving you a little bit of my personal backstory. I’m a single father of three kids and we live in Lubbock, Texas (population: 239,538) and there’s not much to do here, save for a Main Event, a mall and 4 movie theaters and a drive in. That being said, the rugrats and I usually catch at least one movie a weekend. Last weekend, we caught Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2.
Here are my thoughts on Tomorrowland (take in mind, some spoil-ery follows):
Tomorrowland stars: George Clooney, Britt Robinson and Hugh Laurie, with Tim McGraw in a small role. The movie is about a girl, bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embarking on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. It’s about a ride at Disneyland (It’s A Small World) being they way in. This film was also directed by Brad Bird of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant and a few other movies and tv shows.
Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is found by Athena (Raffey Cassidy) doing some “not so legal” things to a NASA platform that used to be the launching site for the space shuttle in Florida. She’s trying to cause damage to the platform, to have her father, Eddie Newton (Tim McGraw) keep his job. As long as the platform is there, her father can continue working. She wants him to continue working so that one day, she may pursue her dreams of going into space. Athena leads Casey to Frank Walker (George Clooney), the former child genius, who is also “recruited” by Athena. They are being recruited because Frank Walker has invented something that is deemed catastrophic, along with finding out new “physics” along the way. They need a new perspective to see if Frank’s invention is 100% accurate. Enter Casey, who is another person in the same vein as frank, a child genius, well, a teen genius. I don’t want to 100% ruin the movie for you, because it is entertaining. The inventions that are shown, specifically the jetpacks, WOW!
My kids walked in not really wanting to watch this movie. They walked out wanting to see it again. Could the story have been a little bit better, yes. But I took it for what it was worth: 2 hours and 10 minutes of entertainment. This movie had some elements of The Rocketeer.