Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Sep 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl experiences a futuristic world in a dreamlike trance and tries to find out what it really is all about.
My Take on it – Anyone who has experienced the Tomorrowland attraction at DisneyLand knows that there is so much potential there for a great story and knowing that Brad Bird was chosen to create that vision was such a relief.
The futuristic world presented to us by Bird is wondrous to look at and the story itself feels a bit like an origins story instead of a stand alone movie.
Unfortunately, the characters are not developed well enough for us to get to know them which is a pity.
For a movie that is meant to be a stand alone, there are too many unanswered questions that leave the viewer wanting to know more.
George Clooney does a great job here (like usual), but the scene stealer is Britt Robertson despite not looking like the teenager she is meant to be.
The promise and wonder of this movie are present and with a bit more effort, it could have been so much better.
I love the theme and idea of this movie about create new and novel ideas for the future and it definitely evoked a great feeling for what is in store for us all. It seemed like that idea both is directed at technology and also films.
We obviously need more novel and innovative ideas for original movies just like we need for advancements in technology itself.
Based on his past work, we know Bird has the potential to create great stories and all we can hope is that this is a slight bump in the road and that he will return to form on his next project.
Bottom Line – Great idea for a story that unfortunately just misses its mark because we don’t feel enough for the characters. The futuristic world looks amazing tho and I think if they would have spent a bit more time explaining all of the unresolved questions, this movie could have been so much better. Clooney is great here (as usual), but Robertson steals the show despite looking older than her character should be. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Brad Bird was sought out as the first choice for the director’s job of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015). Bird respectfully declined the offer in order to do this film. Bird stated, “It’s rare to do a film of size that’s original, so those opportunities can’t be missed either.” Bird went on to say, he is a huge Star Wars fan though and he looks forward (as a fan) to seeing the film like everyone else. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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