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MORTAL ENGINES (December 22, 2018)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

DVD Of The Week: Tomorrowland (2015)


It's been a long while since I can remember being so frustrated by a movie - that starts off so incredibly - as I was with Tomorrowland: A World Beyond.

Optimistic teen Casey Newton (Under The Dome's Britt Robertson) is driven by scientific curiosity, fuelled in part by her father's job as a NASA technician.

She is gifted a badge from an anonymous source that starts her on a trail that appears to lead to a futuristic scientific community (Tomorrowland). If only she can find it.

Pursued by mysterious 'government agents', Casey's investigations lead her to the door of the reclusive Frank Walker (George Clooney), and from there their adventure really begins.

Tomorrowland is truly a film of two halves. Up to the mid-point, when Casey and Frank leave Paris in a most unexpected fashion, the film is genuinely magnificent. There's a sequence early on when Casey is given a virtual tour of Tomorrowland, which is simply mind-bogglingly brilliant.

Not everything about the story is clear at this point, but then you don't expect all the answers in the first half of a movie anyway.

But the latter half of the two-hour film, written by Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird (who also directed it), is a shambles in comparison.

Where the first half sets up an amazing sense of optimism and excitement, as well as confronting some big issues, the wheels come off as the story passes its mid-point and fails to deliver on its promises in quite a spectacular fashion.

Inspired by Walt Disney's original ideas for EPCOT, this is clearly a Disney film aimed primarily at a younger audience.

However, even an older head (albeit an addled one) such as mine found it nigh on impossible to single out the central theme of Tomorrowland by the time the credits rolled.

And while it was a kid's film, it was also - not that it bothered me - surprisingly violent. Although the antagonist's foot soldiers were androids, the people they were vaporising, with gay abandon, were most definitely flesh and blood human beings.

Tomorrowland is one of those films that a lot of people would watch and wonder: just who was their target audience?

And I have to admit, despite my problems with the latter half of the movie, I'd say I'm their target audience.

The big ideas, and backstory, the film introduces early on are incredibly inspirational (if nothing else there's quite a big I could see myself borrowing from here for a future roleplaying game campaign).

So, on that level, it worked for me. It just doesn't hang together as an actual film, and I'm not sure how many other people are willing to sit through a film just because it has some nice ideas in it (that could be used elsewhere) even though its narrative is seriously flawed.

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