Tomorrowland Movie Review

by Heidi Joelle

Casey Newton (played by Casey Newton) is curious about everything. She asks questions, she longs to understand, and she wants fix problems and not just be told about their existence. She is also willing to take actions that land her in trouble.

Frank Walker (played by George Clooney) is an old curmudgeon, a grown up child genius. Casey and Frank are thrown together by what looks to be a “tweenage” girl named Athena. She tells Frank how Casey can “fix the problem.” It is explained near the end what the “problem” is, but never the how and why the problem came to be.

This movie is a love song to the hopeful days of when science fiction looked forward to a better future—when the genre told us anything was possible if you had enough imagination. That is refreshing in day where movies are often dominated by bleak depictions of the future.

The feel of Tomorrowland, which in the film is the name of an actual place, is very much that of Tomorrowland in Disneyland, California. I enjoyed the feeling of honoring the beloved theme park of my childhood.

There is violence throughout the PG movie, but most of it is stylized or very clear that the character getting beat up is a robot. There is some crude language, but no sexual content. Parents should be aware of a storyline where one of the characters had fallen in love with a young girl when they were both very young (it appears preteen age) only to find out that she is actually a robot. He grows up while she stays that young girl. They reconnect, him as a grown man, but she still appears as the young child. The movie addresses that they had a past where one of them had fallen in love with the other, but the relationship didn’t come across to me as creepy. It is an odd storyline, but one that is handled very well.

Tomorrowland is a fun journey, especially if you have fond memories of Disneyland parks or an interest in scientific creativity.

Heidi Joelle is professional minion by day and a writer, editor, and reader by night. She can be coaxed from the house by the sound of a good adventure or the opportunity of traveling somewhere new. Her Saint Bernard, Smokey, and problem-solving cat, Diamond, bring extra joy to daily life.

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