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.
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Disney's best of the decade along with Verbinski's The Lone Ranger. Both helmed by very visual directors, both huge failures that went heavily against expectations, in this case the USA's obsession with depictions of its own cataclysmic destruction by daring to believe in a different future. It’s important to note that the film is openly about this, it’s reiterated by images and characters numerous times. (cont.)
Brad Bird argues that the pristine retro-future of the early 60's could have come to pass if only we hadn't grown so content with the inevitably of our own destruction. Unfortunately, Bird is better at stating his case than he is at preventing his own film from becoming bogged down by exposition and narrative inertia. Clearly a script that called for another draft (or two) before justifying the $190 million pricetag.
Something is in the air. Earlier this year Branagh's CINDERELLA (an unexpected delight) was about being good and now here is Brad Bird's TOMORROWLAND which is about hope. May be Hollywood always had social scientists for screenwriters, or may be they are just tapping into our collective desire for something clean, fun and free from the soot of cynicism. Also contains a subversive but sweet love story. Aww, nice.
Contrairement à ce que j'avais pensé, ce film est amusant. Je n'aime pas les premières minutes, elles me rendaient sceptique; mais quand le conflit s'est montré, ma pensée s'est changée, malgré quelque drames qui ne sont pas importants. Certes je considère Clooney un miscast. Un successeur spirituel de Meet The Robinsons que j'adore.
It's a film for dreamers. I am a dreamer and I loved everything about the optimistic nature of the storytelling.
Mostly, though, I appreciated the metaphor involving Athena and the implication that the future is, indeed in our hands as opposing the more pessimistic view one can find in Greek Mythology.
Love the visuals, the connections between real-world pessimism, and the exploration of the optimism we hold when we are young until many of us see it broken from repeated failings. However, there are some glaring missteps here (the grandiose action in the finale, disrupting the elegance of mystery in the beginning and George Clooney being miscast). Yet, there's a lot to admire here that shouldn't be undermined.