Tomorrowland (Sidenote: Mortdecai)


(SPOILER WARNING!!! This article does contain spoilers, if you haven’t seen the movie, just see the first paragraph to be informed without spoilers!!!)

Tomorrowland is an interesting movie with cool special effects and graphics, however, the story was dragged out too long with a rushed conclusion, and I felt this movie could’ve been a lot better than what it is.

Rating: 3.5 Stars

One of my favorite sections when I got to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom is Tomorrowland. Since I was a kid, I always enjoyed being in some sort of future type of land which always gave me an awe factor for me. Seeing the monorail trains passing by me, and other things just amazed me. One thing I loved about the section are the rides which includes the Astro Orbitor, Autopia, Buzz Lightyear Ride, Star Tours, and one of my most favorite rides in Disneyland or Magic Kingdom, Space Mountain. When I go to the Disney parks, Tomorrowland is a definite for me, and love taking my nephew and niece there to enjoy themselves as I enjoyed it as a kid. Now I hear they are making a movie, I was all for it. The casting look good, the graphics looked good, and most of all, they really kept the story a big mystery which intrigues me to go watch it and see what it’s all about. I know Disney is desperately trying to find a new franchise since Pirates of the Caribbean, but it looks like they will need to keep searching.

What I Like: The movie’s story kept my interest throughout the whole movie looking for what the climax will be, but the other reason why I enjoyed it was the graphics of this Tomorrowland director Brad Bird created which was awesome. Just that scene where Casey Newton, played by Britt Robertson, toured the whole city of Tomorrowland was great for the eye. Seeing a distant future of flying trains, jet packs, rocketships, and many other cool things. It kind of gets you giddy about the future like what the Back to the Future franchise did in the 80’s. The acting was pretty good, George Clooney playing Frank Walker was fun to watch as a genius inventor who is grumpy man at the beginning, but a man with heart at the end. I also enjoyed seeing Hugh Laurie playing the antagonist, Governor David Nix, I haven’t seen Laurie act in a while since the TV show House or the movie Street Kings. So it was great to see him back in a role as the Governor of Tomorrowland, and really an arrogant person which suited Laurie well. Britt Robertson was fun to watch as well as a girl motivated to do what’s right, and another genius who is also sarcastic which was funny. Lastly, I enjoyed seeing Raffey Cassidy playing Athena, an artificial intelligent human robot that wanted to make a difference, and showed some true emotion with the humans. I enjoyed the action scenes with the other robots attacking Frank and Casey. The robots who looked human, but with those creepy smiles, you knew they were up to no good. That seen at Frank’s house with the robots attacking was awesome to see, and love seeing the different booby traps in the house that let the robots have it. They introduced the robots with a couple in a Blast From the Past store that was full of  Star Wars memorabilia (nice plug Disney), which were owned by Ursula, played by Katheryn Hahn, and Hugo, played by Keegan-Michael Key (who has been making some funny cameos lately), they showed that they were just cool people, but when they know that Casey holds the pin to access Tomorrowland, they attack her with their ray guns that can obliterate people. Seeing Key as a robot was funny to watch as well. All in all the movie did give their Disney vibe by showing Space Mountain, which got me giddy, and hearing the “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” song during the movie.

The So So: As the movie heads to their conclusion, I felt it was a bit rushed (more on that on my What I Didn’t Like section). With that said, I really got the point in what the movie is trying to say. Pretty much Frank who was boy genius teleported to Tomorrowland which really is another dimension, who invented a time machine that will affect Earth, and destroy it in a certain day. This leads to Frank and Athena to be banished back to Earth which really upsetted Frank, but Athena still tried to find somebody to fix the machine at Earth which eventually lead to her finding Casey. However, Governor Nix who tried to warn people of Earth where they can save it, but they didn’t listen, and he pretty much gave up on Earth and decided to let it destroy, and only a certain people will live in Tomorrowland. However Casey, who brings in hope, and Frank decided to stop him and destroy the machine to save Earth. That was pretty much all explained in like 20 minutes. I get the message of hope and not giving up which is a great message, especially for the kids, but they could’ve done a better job in the climax of the movie. One thing that they showed in Tomorrowland that was cool was these series of swimming pools and a person diving from one floating pool to another. Cool scene, but for me that was kind of pointless to have. One floating pool is more than enough for me to relax. i don’t need other ones to keep diving. Maybe it’s just for show, but then how the diver gets back up. Maybe I’m being nit picky, but these are the things you think about thanks to the youtube channel, Cinema Sins.

What I Didn’t Like: Even though the movie kept my interest because of their mysteriousness in the beginning, but I believe they dragged out the mystery for way too long. They give little hints here and there, and they always say there is no time to explain, which they really can explain which was annoying to me. If I was Casey, I wouldn’t keep going till I get a reasonable explanation. So all this mysterious build up for the first hour and a half of the movie, and it lead to the rushed climax and conclusion which really affected this movie big time. I was very underwhelmed with what this movie was, and felt they could’ve done much better with this movie. They could’ve made a city in this movie as cool as Pandora in Avatar, but unfortunately they only showed bits and pieces of it which greatly disappointed me. Also, this movie had to put in the most annoying ride in Disneyland, the It’s a Small World ride which even a kid I found annoying with their annoying song. However Disney found a way to replenish their brand as if they need it too.

Overall: The movie was decent enough, but it didn’t show enough to make this movie a great movie. That is unfortunate, because this movie had a lot of potential to be a great movie. Disney is desperately finding the next best franchise, but is failing. Maybe the lack of marketing had to do with the low box office results, but Disney doesn’t need to worry, because Star Wars is coming later this year. Hopefully Disney doesn’t mess that franchise up ( I believe they won’t). Until then Pirates of the Caribbean is all we have as the latest great Disney franchise. Not that I’m complaining, but they need something new!!!

Rating: 3.5 Stars

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(Sidenote: Mortdecai- (Starting to watch the 2015 Movies on DVD now.) After hearing all the bad reviews in this movie, I really didn’t expect much when I finally watched it. With that said, I didn’t find this movie that bad. Yes it is a comedy that is stupid, but, it is amusingly stupid. Forget about the lame cliched caper type of movie, but it did make me chuckle throughout the movie with it’s stupidness. Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai was funny to watch with his mannerisms that we come to love Depp for. The dialogue was dumb, but I don’t blame Depp for trying. I’m just surprised that with this script they got some great actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewen McGregor, and Paul Bettany fir this movie. However, if you like stupid comedies that are funny cuz they are stupid. This is it. Fortunately(or unfortunately for some of you), stupid comedy can make me laugh!!!
Rating: 3 Stars)

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