Warning: Thar be spoilers ahead. And jumbly thoughts.
Last night, hubs and I headed to the local theater for the first time in months (the last movie we have seen together was RUSH – his pick) for an 8 PM screening of the new Disney film, Tomorrowland. I had been looking forward to the release of the movie for quite a while -and since I had watched minimal trailers, I was pretty excited about jumping in for the adventure.
That morning, I had read just one review (Patty’s An Honest Tomorrowland Review) which set my mindset for the film. I was fully prepared for “all the feels” I would surely experience…first spoiler: definitely lots of feels.
One of the main reasons we don’t go to see movies a lot is that I get quickly annoyed of bad theater etiquette (i.e. people putting their feet up near your head, loud talking, ringing/buzzing phones, excess talking) but fortunately for us, our theater wasn’t too crowded and we had an appropriate buffer zone of solitude to enjoy the film. After endless trailers (seriously, 25 minutes of crappy trailers is excessive), the opening “castle” scene began, and I was already ALL IN (you’ll understand when you see it!!)
Next up? Full-scale waterworks from me as Frank, the young George Clooney character (the kid version, who is super duper adorable) visits the 1964 World’s Fair with his jet pack invention – I mean: “A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow,” amazing costuming, retro-goodness – everything. I wanted to go to there. We really need an all retro park…but I digress…
Anyway. STUFF HAPPENS. Frank meets this stylish lil gal named Athena, who obviously has a more complex story than you can imagine yet at that point. She gives him a pin. He hightails it onto an “it’s a small world” boat (be still my heart) right behind Athena and her group…we hear that familiar tune (more crying from me) and then BOOM! The boat changes course! He’s somewhere else, completely! But…where???
Now, between mopping up my tears, and taking quick glances to see if hubs was still awake (he warned me it had been a long day) I may have missed a few key points here and there, but for the next hour and a half or so, the film pops around to:
- Narration from present-day Frank (with yet unknown female voice)
- An introduction to Casey (the gal in the previews) and learn about her eternal optimism and dedication to forward thinking as well as her NASA Dad (randomly Tim McGraw?)
- Casey’s own Tomorrowland pin
- a crazy road trip to a retro store (hilarious performance by Keegan-Michael Key)
- Hijacking of a car
- Hijacking of a truck
- A crazy road trip up to New York
- Hologram Dog
- Frank’s crazy house
- Frank’s crazy contraptions in Frank’s crazy house
- Audio Animatronics Gone Wild
- More driving
- Random building
- LOUD NOISES. BRIGHT LIGHTS.
- Now we’re in Paris
- EIFFEL TOWER ROCKET FTW
- Tomorrowland, but not pretty.
- A teeny bit of insight as to why Frank was banished from Tomorrowland.
- Crazy ball thing. Projections. X-men-ish.
- More Audio Animatronics Gone Wild + Robots + Portal + Beach + Fighting + ????
- Athena shows her more human side. (More crying from me).
- NOW…POSITIVITY! MAGIC. HAPPY STUFF.
- United Colors of Benetton. And Casey’s brother (OHH! He’s also that kid that was in EXTANT! That’s where I knew him from). And Casey’s Dad.
In a nutshell, that’s the movie. And although I liked the ending, I think they missed a perfect opportunity for some OG Epcot Center tie-in. Ya know?
So…yeah. That’s what I think. When it comes out on DVD/Blu-ray, I’d be interested to see any deleted scenes that may help me tie a few things together in my mind better, but in general, it was a visually spectacular film – a little more action-y than I’d imagine for a PG movie (hubs thought so too) but I think, still okay for most kids to see.
Did you watch TOMORROWLAND? What did you think?