Tomorrowland: Movie Review

Disney’s newest film, Tomorrowland, is out in theaters today, just in time for the long/holiday weekend! I caught a screening of the film earlier this week and will start by saying, it’s not what you’d expect based on the previews. Wondering if this is a good or bad thing? Read on!

There’s not a whole lot of literature on Tomorrowland in terms of Disney. All you really know is that it’s the futuristic-land at the park with some of the best rides (i.e. Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear), but since there aren’t any characters involved, all we really knew going in was that the movie would be about a futuristic-land.

The idea for the movie’s storyline came from a real world shift – looking at the beginning of Tomorrowland (when the section was created during an optimistic time in 1955 at Disneyland), to when the public shifted to a darker outlook on the future in the 70s. Which totally makes sense looking at the film in hindsight.

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Tomorrowland (the movie) starts out with the story of young, optimistic Frank (George Clooney), and his adventure to the 1964 World Fair at Disneyland with an invention he was sure would wow the judges. Within a few minutes, we’re first introduced to Tomorrowland, and see a brief snippet of his experience there.

The film then switches over to Casey (Britt Robertson), an optimistic teen with a passion for innovation, and helping the world. After getting arrested for trespassing and tampering with some equipment at NASA in attempts to prevent it from being demolished, her belongings are returned to her, along with a “T” pin that she’s equally fascinated and terrified of. Each time she touches it, she’s transported elsewhere, while still physically dealing with whatever was happening where she was in real life (e.g. bumping into a wall even though she couldn’t see it).

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Then, some holes start getting filled, like where the pin came from and why it was given to her. Soon after, in a strange series of events, Casey finds herself at the door of Frank’s house, trying to find more answers and figure out all of the crazy things that started happening since she found the pin, along with the mystery of this incredible futuristic-looking place, called Tomorrowland.

I’ll leave it at that so nothing’s too spoiled!

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The previews seemed pretty vague to me, and not too exciting. But after seeing the film, my thoughts on the film have made a 360 – I really liked it! I felt the overall theme was very empowering as well, pushing people to be optimistic, dreamers, and to know that they can make a difference.

Will you be seeing Tomorrowland this weekend?

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  • I want to see this! It looks cute…and ahem George Clooney!

  • This seems really interesting… with movies like these, I'm always entertained by the appearance of sets and the whole setting in addition to whatever storyline it is. idk if it's just me, but I just really like to picture how things were created for the movie as I'm watching it.

  • I plan to see this, probably not in the theater, as I don't think it's coming out here–but I'll have to find a way to see it sometime–the premise intrigues me.

  • Thanks for sharing your review of Tomorrowland! Was hoping it was as entertaining as it looked. My daughter and I have been looking forward to seeing it.

  • Yes! George Clooney is enough reason to go see it :)

  • emi

    good to know! we were debating whether to see it!

    xo welltraveledwife.com