RELEASE DATE: May 22, 2015
STUDIO: Walt Disney Pictures
DIRECTOR: Brad Bird
MPAA RATING: PG (for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language)
SCREENWRITERS: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof
STARRING: George Clooney, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Robinson, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Keegan-Michael Key
Disney is trying their hand at making another of their attractions in to a major motion picture. Remember how no one knew how a movie based on Pirates of the Caribbean would be ? That turned in to a mega franchise. Tommorrowland is up next and with the star power of George Clooney and Hugh Laurie it’s primed for success.
I had no real expectations when I went in having only watched the first trailer released. I only knew Clooney and Laurie by name when I went in to watch. But, as I sat through the 2 hrs. and 10 mins. of film I was pleasantly surprised with the end result. The interplay between the characters was strong and endearing. The characters were individually cool but the back story of Casey Newton’s “specialness” as “I just know how things work” was a little shallow but the other main characters had good enough back stories to ignore that deficiency. Laurie had a rather weak antagonist in Nix to play for his short stint on screen. Although, that seems to be the norm these days with weak villains all around. Keegan-Michael Key makes a small appearance that’s sure to please his fans.
The star of the show is Athena the robot. Played aptly by Raffey Cassidy she is equal parts awesome fighter and deadpan humorist. She exudes that certain something on the screen that makes her and Clooney mesh well in their scenes together. As she plays a crush from Clooney’s character Frank Walker’s past it was a bit awkward to see a 54 yr old with even understated feelings for a 12 yr old girl. I understand it being due to the story, but it was strange at least for the first few scenes. All in all, I believe director Brad Bird handled it well.
The movie is action packed and wonderfully adventurous. The main cast is well suited for their roles and chemistry oozes from each of their scenes. The villain is a bit weak, but hey not many are awe inspiring these days. I dug it and so will families across the globe. Now, Im just waiting on the It’s a Small World movie.