Friday Flick: Tomorrowland

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TomorrowlandOfficial Description: Whenever Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) touches a lapel pin with the letter T on it, she finds herself transported to Tomorrowland, a city filled with huge robots and sleek buildings. The gifted young woman recruits the help of scientist Frank Walker (George Clooney), a previous visitor to Tomorrowland, who years ago made a startling discovery about the future. Together, the two adventurers travel to the metropolis to uncover its mysterious secrets.

Unofficial Description: I believe this movie got a lot of shit tossed at it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

First, I like George Clooney in this kind of comedic role. He shines in them. There’s just something about him, like he relaxes and gets into it. I don’t know how else to explain it. That’s not true – it’s fun. He’s fun. Oddly, he tried that with Batman and it fell really flat with me.

Britt Robertson is good, but I don’t think she can continue to play a teenager. I like her as an actress. The first thing I remember seeing her in was the short-lived Life Unexpected (2011) playing a foster-care teenager attempting emancipation. Good show – worth your time.

This movie harkened back to ‘feel good’ movies of the past, especially Disney movies, and I thought it captured that feeling well. Which is why, I believe, people shat on it. It reminded me of the positive view of the future we used to have, especially in science fiction. All of which has fallen out of favor with a lot of people who prefer apocalyptic nightmare futures where we’ve blown or used everything up.

Don’t get me wrong, there was a bit of darkness in this movie, but none of it brought be down, and I needed that right now.

So. A fun movie with a positive look at the future. Sound good?