Tomorrowland Delivers Wow Factor Along With Important Messages
Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and is filled with many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure and more.” Clayton P. adds, “Disney’s Tomorrowland is a most imaginative, elaborate adventure with a lot of heart. The idea of the movie is fresh and unique. Every dollar of the $190 million budget is put to use and is seen on the big screen.”
Reviewed by Gerry O., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13
How can you describe this film, a film that is original (which is very rare these days), surprising (also rare) and it has a perfect ratio of pretty much everything! Tomorrowland is a movie of wow that makes you want to go out and do something knowing that nothing is impossible.
This film has everything. It has a wonderful, heartwarming plot with a good 50/50 split of drama and comedy and is filled with many wonderful morals and messages. It can be called a tale, sci-fi, adventure and more. But, this film has something for everyone.
Tomorrowland starts off showing a young high school girl named Casey (Britt Robertson) who is told that the world is being polluted, destroyed and slowly ending. She asks why something is not being done about it. One day, she finds a mysterious pin which takes her to a world not in the future, past or present, not on Earth. It is somewhere beyond our knowledge, known as Tomorrowland. She embarks on adventure trying to get there and meets many people including Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is a former child genius and actually lived in this place for some time.
This film is truly an enjoyable experience to watch. Director Brad Bird does an extraordinary job making this a master piece. From the perfect cast to the original story, it is breathtaking to watch. The cinematography is perfect – not too modest and not to forced either. The cast is inspiring. George, Britt and the rest of the cast make jokes, deliver dramatic moments, and everything in between. The relationship between the main characters are sad at times, happy at times. They are heartwarming and draw you in. Disney has really outdone itself so many times and they surprise us again with a very original and nicely done film which will become the next phenomena.
My favorite scene is when Casey, Frank and a girl named Athena (you must watch the film to learn more about this very special character) go to Paris and they launch something out of the Eiffel tower. It is action-packed, funny and stunning to watch. The special effects are out of this world and thrilling.
There are so many moral messages. The main one is “nothing is impossible and never stop questioning the world around you.” In the film, Casey never stops asking questions and, because of this, a very surprising thing happens.
I recommend this film for kids ages 8 to18 and give it 5 out of 5 stars. This film is truly one of the greatest films of the year and wonderfully executed. It opens in theaters on May 22 so don’t miss it.
By Clayton P. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15
Disney’s Tomorrowland is a most imaginative, elaborate adventure with a lot of heart. The idea of the movie is fresh and unique. Every dollar of the $190 million budget is put to use and is seen on the big screen. Directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles), Tomorrowland stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy.
The movie starts with the history of the two main characters, Frank Walker (George Clooney) and Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), and how they were recruited to visit Tomorrowland. Frank is a young inventor (played by the young actor, Thomas Robinson) who enters a contest at the 1964 World’s Fair with a “jet pack” that he assembles out of an Electrolux vacuum. While he doesn’t win, he does meet a charming girl, Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who helps him get to the land of the future: Tomorrowland. She gives him a special, temporary teleportation pin that allows him to be in the real world but also be in Tomorrowland at the same time. It’s a space-time continuum trinket. Twenty-five years later, Casey Newton, a teenager with a scientific-based mindset, is arrested for sabotaging a NASA launch pad. When she collects her belongings after her Dad posts bail, a pin is among her things. She picks it up and is surprised when she is teleported to another dimension. She also meets Athena, who guards her on her journey to meet Frank. Athena has recruited Frank and Casey to fix the future of Earth using the technology of Tomorrowland. Frank and Casey are chosen because of their scientific know-how as well as their optimistic, dreamer outlook on life. The rest of the movie is a miraculous, heart-pounding adventure with robotically engineered characters, great locations and lots of laser weapons and futuristic grenades.
The creativity of Tomorrowland is extraordinary. The film is vibrant and bright. The music, art direction and set design are amazing. A lot of time, money and craft went into making this movie. Also, there is a lot of humor in the film. Like Brad Bird’s first wonderful film, The Iron Giant, Tomorrowland has a lot of heart. There is a lot of love put into this film and the message of the movie has a lot of love as well – love for human ingenuity, love for individual uniqueness and especially love for the Earth. My favorite part of the movie is when the robotic agents try to terminate Frank and Casey at Frank’s house. Frank’s creative, dangerous, extravagant security system saved their lives. A funny part of the film is the facial expressions of the leader of the robotic agents. His smile is so creepy, funny and plastic at the same time.
I give Tomorrowland 5 out of 5 stars. It is rated PG and, is appropriate for kids from age 6 to 18.
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