I had such high hopes for Tomorrowland. I love George Clooney in just about everything, and to say Brad Bird has an impressive track record is putting it lightly. The Tomorrowland section of Disney World has always been my favorite part of the park. It seems like all the stars had aligned to create a spectacle and a film I’d cherish.
The finished product, though, falls short of those expectations. Maybe I was just expecting too much, but Tomorrowland pales in comparison to Brad Bird’s earlier work. That said, there is a lot to love here. There’s a real sense of fun and whimsy in this movie — exactly what I was hoping for! And it can’t be overstated enough how important original ideas (even if they’re based on theme park rides) are to Hollywood. Sequels and remakes can be great, but having a new film IP with promise is exciting.
Tomorrowland isn’t all roses and sunshine, though. It’s very heavy-handed in delivering its message and it’s overlong — the biggest sin here on worth your time. If the film was tighter and less blatant about its “WE’RE KILLING THE ENVIRONMENT!” message, it’d be a much easier film to recommend. As it stands now, though, Tomorrowland is a flawed piece of art that was thiiiiiiiiiiis close to being great. I want to re-watch the movie — and maybe when I do, this verdict will chagne — but for now, I have to say that Tomorrowland is not worth your time.