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TomorrowlandHope for Tomorrow

by Yo Snyder | 2015-05-22 | Movies, Reviews
The world is going to end and you are going to die. That’s pretty much the message that Tomorrowland has to share. Not terribly upbeat, is it? Especially for a Disney movie, and one based on the area in Disneyland that was supposed to inspire hope and optimism about the future. Oh, don’t worry, it does have those elements as well, and in the grand tradition of fun, live-action Disney adventure flicks, it ends on a very happy, upbeat note. In fact, the whole film has a fun sense of adventure and optimism, but nevertheless, it’s all set against the back-drop of that uncontrivable fact: the world will end and you will die. This is important because it’s true, and because it’s rare for a “family” film to deal with such important topics. Yet, Tomorrowland drops these very serious topics in the middle of a film that otherwise feels very much like Flight of the Navigator or The Rocketeer. While I certainly applaud the film for being willing to tackle such topics, I have to say it does get a little overly preachy about it, especially during the inevitable “here’s why all of this is happening” villain monologue. What could have been insightful commentary turned into straight up “let’s use this movie to tell everyone what we think.” Again, not that these topics shouldn’t be discussed, but showing instead of telling is often a better route to go, especially in a movie. Fortunately, the movie doesn’t just dwell on the problem but also wants to help inspire a solution, and herein lies the problem. You see, while it’s easy to wrap our heads around the inevitability of the world ending, it’s much harder to find a solution that might fix that. It’s harder to find some reason to hope. Tomorrowland is supposed to be a place that could offer that hope, a place where people could be invited to help build a better future; but in order to get to that place, you needed an invitation, and a bridge to get there. Ultimately... read
 

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