Tomorrowland is leftist icon actor George Clooney’s attempt at shaming us all about the effects of global warming. I think George Clooney is a good actor and I liked him in his earlier films like the Mexican vampire movie “Dusk Til Dawn” and the romantic ”One Fine Day” and I heard he was good in the “Ocean’s 11” remake series, but I hate it when these actors start spouting off their political views thru movies such as this one.
The film opens with George appearing to be talking to you the audience about how things are bad all over with wars in every country, the ice caps melting, etc and how back in 1964 times were different. You hear a young girl next to him unseen to you commenting. He tells a story in flashback when he was a young boy in 1964 taking his jet pack invention to a science competition at the New York World’s fair. He gets rejected, but meets a young girl who we later find is a robot, much later, who gives him a button with the letter ‘T’ on it. The button transports him into the future which is a pristine world of futuristic roads, electronics and computerized machinery. He is transported back and the girl in the beginning interrupts him there saying, ”That’s not how It happened” and proceeds to tell her version of meeting the young girl and given the same button that transports her to the future, but as soon as she puts it do she’s back home again. The film centers around her telling of the story and meeting Clooney’s character.She is more optimistic and positive while Clooney is more negative.
This mini review explains it better than I could as I found this film pretentious and very convoluted: Never has commercialism and idealism blended so beautifully, and still so discordantly.
A $190 million summer blockbuster starring George Clooney based on an area in a Disney theme park hits theaters, presumably hoping to rake in at least that much at the box office. Its narrative goal, however: to get you to stop caring so much about the vapid capitalistic things that are ruining us all and instead maybe do something to make the world a better place.
The logline for Tomorrowland is deceptively complicated for a film so aggressively blunt with its message. That message, by the way? We have the power to save the world, should we choose to use it.
It’s Al Gore by way of Captain Planet, Disney-approved.
We’re introduced to a wide-eyed teenager named Casey (played by Britt Robertson), the daughter of a NASA engineer, who refuses to accept the end of the Space Race era, and the optimism and spirit it embodied.
The next part is the wee bit of sci-fi wonkiness: Casey is recruited by an ageless adolescent android who gives her a pin that transports her to Tomorrowland—aJetsons-like utopia where the brightest, purest minds in the world were meant to gather to manufacture the brightest future possible.
George Clooney, at one point decades earlier, was also gifted a pin and access to this utopia, where he was once swept away by the romance and promise of a blissful tomorrow.
Decades later, now that Tomorrowland is all but defunct, his character is a crusty old man who passes his days staring at a bank of TV sets playing clips from 24-hour news stations detailing the disastrous state of our present: global warming, famine, wildfire, drought, climate change, endless war, endless disease.
A genius inventor in his own right, Clooney’s character fashioned a countdown clock, ticking away to the moment that these things—most of which are disasters of our making, consequences of our selfish behavior—will cause Armageddon.
Yes, in Tomorrowland, George Clooney is shaming us for causing the end of the world.
Of course, there are twists and turns that deepen this. As it turns out, Clooney’s return from Tomorrowland made him just as cynical and complacent as the society he blames for our impending doom. He’s not as much the film’s hero as he is the one who needs to be saved—before he can help save the world.
I thought the film was too bogged down with overly used CGI effects (Computer Generated Interface for those of you who don’t know what that means) that didn’t look real and stories that went in conmvoluted directions until the middle to end. There were a few good parts like when Casey and George and the android girl were being chased by older government men in black type androids, but overall I was disappointed. These actors are great at what they do, but when they start spouting politics to make a point in their films they usually fail. People want to be entertained and not have to think about what’s going on in the world and being warned.
Early box office intakes report low percentage for Tomorrowland. Disney’s George Clooney theme park adaptation title is coming in at $32.159M for the 3-day and $40.7M for the 4-day. Forget it being slightly less than pre-weekend estimates, For a pic that cost an estimated $180M-$190M, Tomorrowland should be in the $50M neighborhood stateside considering its price.
To see scenes from Tomorrowland click on the link below.