It’s the quintessential Disney movie. Cliche, feel-good message? Check. Good enough to inspire the audience just a tad? Yep. Just enough goofiness to cancel out any potentially serious moments? Mm-hmm. It meets all the Disney movie criteria; tied up in a nice, Disneyland advertisement package for Space Mountain.
It’s certainly not bad, contrary to what all of the reviews seem to be saying. I read headlines like “Brad Bird’s noble failure” and “Tomorrowland is like watching a jetpack eat itself”, and I’m left wondering what movie those critics saw. Because what I saw, while a bit glamorized in the marketing, was exactly what I anticipated. I mean, it’s a PG Disney movie for God’s sake, no one could’ve seriously expected too much, right? Apparently, I stand corrected.
To put it bluntly, if you thought the initial teaser for the movie was magical and mystical and entrancing all at the same time, understand that the movie is NOT this.
It is, however, fun. And has a nice message attached, for the optimist in all of us. Sure, in the end, nothing’s really notable about Tomorrowland, but it’s still an enjoyable, unique adventure that I applaud Brad Bird for seeing through to the end instead of hopping ship and directing Star Wars Episode 7.