I, like many of you out there, have been both piqued and perplexed by the Tomorrowland trailers and the lack of information on the film. Is it futuristic? Maybe. Is it adventurous? Maybe. Is it based on an amusement park? Well…kinda. So I was eager to see what Disney hid behind the Tomorrowland veil. I can now see why everything was so vague… cause it is literally, everything. But, just like it’s kind of an action flick but also a deep message film, it is also equal parts really good, and equal parts kinda boring. I found myself likening it to a boyfriend I had once- good looking, nice guy who was fun to hang with but kissing him was on par with just taking a midday nap: nice and uneventful.
And just like before breaking up with that boyfriend years ago, I went and analyzed it with friends, I took my little reviewer with me to the premiere and then we talked about it. My 7 yr old daughter loved that the girls “were heroes kinda and that they kicked butt. Plus, they were really really smart and why can’t we go to Tomorrowland too?” She did add (after I told her that Tomorrowland was just in the movie but I would get her a toy at the Disneyland after party) that it was a little too long but she still liked it.
So, instead of giving you a summary and ruining the chance to make your own decision on the movie (Sofia says it’s 4 out of 5 stars, I lean more towards the 3 out of 5), here is our list of the good…and the not so good:
Good Things About Tomorrowland
- Young Female Heroines– YASSSSS! Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy are awesome. Whip smart, optimistic, slightly rebellious and confident. These characters are exactly what young girls need to see on screen. MORE PLEASE!
- Graphics– There is no denying that the graphics in this film are fabulous. Brad Bird (of The Incredibles) knows how to give his audience a world that is just beyond our imagination.
- Hopeful Narrative– Summer blockbusters typically are non thinking, make things blow up and cheer sort of films. While some things to blow up (or launch, as the case may be) here, there is a hopeful story that sends a good message to audiences of all ages.
- Nostalgic feel– While it takes place only briefly in the 60’s, the entire film feels like a piece of my childhood where movies were adventure based, like E.T., The Goonies, Flight of the Navigator and more, and made me feel like I could do something similar. That’s the exact feeling both my daughter and I left with after seeing it, and I think it’s a feeling a lot of kids will have too.
Not So Good Things About Tomorrowland
- It can’t decide what it is– One second it’s adventurous, the next it’s a textbook, the next there is too much violence and the following it’s too boring. It jumps across too much and never seems to find it’s own footing.
- It can get monotonous and slow– It lost my attention at times. There was too much lesson and backstory trying to be told in narrative. What’s that saying: Show, not Tell. Something this movie needs reminding of.
- There are some unnecessary scenes and characters (where did mom go?)– So. There’s these two really funny people playing 2 odd characters in a scene that was totally and completely unnecessary (other than to wake some people up, I think). It felt forced and weird. Also- um, Casey’s mom is shown for like 2 seconds (played by Judy Greer) and then we never see or hear about her again. WEIRD.
- Frank and Athena is a little…weird?– Ok, so I get that Athena is a robot in a kid’s body and young Frank seemed to have a big crush on her, and she was kinda starting to “feel” something in her programming. Decades later, Frank is a grown man and seemingly bitter at the child looking robot for kinda breaking his heart. I get it- she’s a robot, but it was still a little uncomfortable.
All in all- it’s one of those movies that you’re either gonna like or you’re gonna hate, it’s all going to be on how you see it. For me- it’s a solid “it’s OK.”
My 7 yr old: B
Tomorrowland is rated PG and is now open in theaters.