Tomorrowland REVIEW



If there’s one thing to take away from Tomorrowland, it’s that science is cool. Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) is an optimistic teen who can’t accept the deteriorating condition of our soon-apocalyptic world. When she meets Frank Walker (George Clooney) who comes off as a grumpy old man, her enthusiasm rubs off on him as they journey to another dimension. Along with Athena (Raffey Cassidy), a little girl whose fighting chops might just surprise you, they travel through space and time to right the wrongs of inventions gone too far.

The marketing for Tomorrowland has been brilliant in revealing very little while still piquing attention. If you do decide to see this movie, you’ll enjoy the elements of daring surprise. Not knowing what to expect, I was delighted at the first half of the movie, though parts of it felt like an extended trailer for Disneyland. The storytelling was engaging enough that I could forgive some of the cliché lines—up until a certain point, at least.

Tomorrowland gets an “A” for effort, but not for execution. I spent half the film waiting until the characters arrived in Tomorrowland and the other half wishing they’d just stayed on Earth. Tomorrowland is futuristically gorgeous with plenty for the eye to drink in and the acting is top-notch. The problem is the plot. In five minutes the film went from thought provoking to childish, boiling down great potential to the mere destruction of an evil machine. While it is refreshing to see a non-dystopian movie that brings hope, it still feels like guilt-tripping as the movie showcases shots of melting glaciers, flooded neighborhoods, and destroyed monuments so the audience will start thinking about humanity’s future.

The movie’s saving grace is the acting. Though Britt Robertson is about ten years too old to play a teenager, she still manages to pull it off with a mischievous twinkle in her eye. Raffey Cassidy is adorably captivating as quick-witted Athena. And most of all, watching Clooney as a stubborn grouch never gets old. In other words, I wanted to like this movie. It makes my heart hurt because despite having one of my favorite directors, a great cast, a promising premise, and uplifting morals, the film missed its mark. Hopefully the audience will still walk away inspired to dream big and use their talents to build our very own Tomorrowland.


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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on May 9, 2015, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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