Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland: come for the sequence of George Clooney rocketing out of his house in a bathtub, stay to see how Disney works out a little girl robot love conundrum.
Let me first say I did not realize Tomorrowland was being marketed as a children’s film.
With George Clooney being one of the film’s stars, the other being Britt Robertson, an actor who attracts a slightly older group, I expected an entirely different film and one that certainly would not get children flocking to theaters to see it in droves.
However, you will quickly discover who the key demographic truly is as you wait through the hour’s worth of children’s movie previews before the film actually starts.
Anyway, the film is a little puzzling from the very beginning.
It starts with a narrator, Clooney, discussing the world’s decline against the backdrop of a ticking clock — not exactly kid’s movie material.
Then, the cold, unwavering glare of Dr. House, I mean Hugh Laurie, is featured.
Perhaps parents should shield their child’s eyes during these parts to prevent them from having future nightmares.
If that wasn’t enough, the end of the world is actually shown on screen at one point.
The film was undoubtedly a large undertaking.
It endeavors to find solutions to the world’s current problems and the problems it will face in the future.
However, a film that tries to tackle this subject matter should conceivably implore the use of better computer-generated images.
One of the supposed futuristic robot helpers at the beginning is just simply sad looking.
The film does utilize the dream of a fantastical future to pull viewers in, but this isn’t sustained throughout the film.
There’s a lot of exposition in the film and not enough consistent forward movement, but the film does have some excellent scenes, scenes children will adore.
Yet Disney’s use of children in the movie is slightly horrific.
It both proposes they are the future while simultaneously suggesting they should all be killed along with the rest of humankind.
A little girl robot, who is featured in the film, finds herself in several near misses with murder before she is eventually offed at the end.
Disney, please stop killing children in your films.
People just so happen to like them, but real children, not the artificially smart and all-knowing ones who you maintain are the norm in the Tomorrowland.
Though, with all of my qualms about the film, Brad Bird did somehow manage to make Tomorrowland eventful enough that I forgot an early scene anchored by the song, “It’s A Small World,” and because of that, Tomorrowland is worth seeing.
(Christina Scriber contributes entertainment/feature news to Oswego County Today. Please feel free to contact her through the Comments section.)