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Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a pre-launch screening of Disney’s Tomorrowland at the amazing Empire IMAX in Leicester Square before the official launch tomorrow. The screening was packed, but with the IMAX screen so crystal clear that was hardly noticeable.
Tomorrowland, directed by two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille and The Incredibles), is a mystery adventure starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie and Raffey Cassidy. Not bad, eh? Bound by a shared destiny, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and former boy-genius inventor, Frank Walker (George Clooney), embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory, known only as “Tomorrowland”.
Given a pin by the robotic, but super optimistic, Athena (Raffey Cassidy), Casey starts her quest for Tomorrowland – a world she can only see when touching the pin, but one that makes her believe that anything is possible. Chosen as Athena’s last recruit, Athena is hoping that Casey has the courage, determination and hope to save Tomorrowland and the future as without her the world might only exist for a few more weeks.
Casey Newton is the daughter of a NASA engineer who is about to be laid off now that the space program has been all but shut down, something she tries to prevent with everything she’s got to give. Of her character, Robertson says, “She’s this really smart chick who has always wanted to be an astronaut. It’s her passion and what she and her father have bonded over. Casey has this drive to do big things and change the world; she wants the world to be a place that’s full of hope and inspiration, but she doesn’t know how to make it so.”
Once Casey has started on her journey to discovering the truth behind the pin and whether Tomorrowland really does exists, she ends up making the forced encounter with Frank Walker, who Clooney describes as “a disenchanted grump who was a bit of a dreamer as a young boy, a smart little scientist kid” and ends up “the most cynical person one could be”, isolating himself until Casey forces him to help her and become part of her mission to save Tomorrowland.
Commenting on the story for “Tomorrowland,” Bird says, “It’s a very untraditional story and the protagonists are atypical. It’s a chance to do to work on a grand scale but do something that hopefully will be very surprising. It embodies both aspects of the future—the scary and the wondrous—both of which are somewhat unknowable, so it’s an interesting ride.”
I have to say, it took me a little while to properly get into the movie. The beginning was a bit slow and tedious, and I didn’t really know what was going on. However, once Casey was introduced, everything started to make sense and she really captures this positive vibe that Athena was looking for. So if you can, just ignore the first few minutes as it really does get better.
Tomorrowland does make you feel a little like a kid again. It’s one of those movies that’s entertaining for everybody, young or old. And as Disney movies go, it also has a red thread of hope and positivity. Not wanting to give too much away, Casey’s optimism and determination to create her own future are invigorating and in the end what’s needed. In a nutshell you can be whatever you want to be if you just put your mind to it.
I also loved the Tomorrowland set. It reminded me a little of a theme park that’s just really futuristic and just took me back to the fantasies I had as a child for what the future would look like. And apparently that’s Valencia, Spain, which is where Tomorrowland was shot.
Tomorrowland A World Beyond is a fun movie to watch, especially on a relaxed Sunday afternoon. Britt Robertson does a brilliant job and it’s always good to see George Clooney anyway, so if you get a chance go and see it, it’s out in the UK on May 22, 2015. And if you can, then I would recommend the IMAX.