Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tomorrowland: A world Beyond (2015)

From the director of Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles comes a film which celebrates the fact that the future will depend on dreamers, inventors, artists; generally creative types.  And I think that this should be applauded.  However, for a film about the future and its endless possibilities, Tomorrowland shows a distinct lack of imagination.  OK, so the future looks kinda cool, at least for the dozen people that seem to live there, but the execution of the film was just boring.

I almost felt like I was watching a road trip movie.  After every "exciting" action scene, it seemed like the characters had to have a debrief in a car; far too much exposition which just took all the momentum out of the film.  Things looked up for a while when Clooney appeared on the scene, but they only escaped his Heath Robinson house to have another car-exposition moment.  The Eiffel tower moment was quite cool though.  I also felt that there was a few strands of plot that went nowhere, and the less said about the tachyon-reasoning finale the better.

Clooney is obviously as watchable as always, whether he is robbing a casino, having his fingernails pulled off or looking for anyone trained in the metallurgic arts, his style is effortless.  Hugh Laurie does well with the time he is given, but credit must be given to Britt Robertson playing the idealistic dreamer who is central to all the events.

Unfortunately the cast cannot stop this from being a boring turgid mess of a film that lurched from one inventive yet misfiring action scene to another.  Great concept for a film - telling us that dreamers are the ones who will make a difference - but it falls foul of overpromising and under-delivering. But, well, you know, that’s just, like, my opinion man.

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