MINI REVIEW: When a director turns down the task of directing Star Wars Episode 7, in favour for an original movie, all due credit must be given to him. That is exactly what Brad Bird did, and that ‘original’ movie he chose to pursue, instead of The Force Awakens, was this film, Tomorrowland. I wander how he feels about that choice, now?
As intriguing as this film is, with it’s creative premise, there is something amiss, that makes it a little wearisome to watch. The pacing is choppy for the most part, and with a truly epic runtime of 130 minutes, it’s an impressive commitment that ultimately pays no dividends.
I am happy to see large studios, such as Disney spending the time and money to make original films like these, but at the end of the day, a good film, needs to entertain and captivate. It fells like Tomorrowland was intended to be an epic, that would lay the foundation for a new franchise to follow. As such, it feels pretentious and surprisingly preachy. Regardless, this film does have it’s moments of awesomeness, and it is a visual treat. Mostly all scenes are lathered with CGI renderings, which don’t look too shabby at all. Dare to take the adventure into Tomorrowland?
Here are 7 interesting facts about Tomorrowland, enjoy!
1 Tomorrowland marks composer Michael Giacchino’s and Brad Bird’s fourth project together. It was about time he got his own cameo. You can see him operating the famous ‘It’s A Small World’ amusement ride. His cameo is literally only 3 seconds long, very easy to miss!
2 Apart from this being an insanely awesome stunt, is that R2-D2? The Force is strong in this scene.
3 Never mind the blue orby thingy, isn’t that Mr. Incredible on the floor? Brad Bird directed Pixar’s The Incredibles and will also be directing the much anticipated sequel.
4 In party central Europe, Disney had to change the name from Tomorrowland to Disney Project T because the name is a registered brand of the electronic music festival Tomorrowland. Likewise, when the festival wanted to have a show in the U.S., they had to change the name to TomorrowWorld.
5 I know you can see the StormTrooper, but can you spot Zurg!? For those who may have forgotten who Zurg is, Zurg is actually Buzz Lightyear’s father, from the Toy Story series.
6 Shailene Woodley and Naomi Scott were considered for the role of Casey Newton. Additionally, when you reverse the pronunciation of Casey, you end up with Isaac. Isaac Newton, you know, the famous scientist.
7 Walt Disney had intentions of building a City of The Future, the plans for the city were called, Experimental Prototype City Of Tomorrow (EPCOT). The plan was for the city to have a central location and showcase new technology produced in a nearby industrial park. A surrounding suburb would line the city, with connecting monorails and a dedicated airport. Tomorrowland is based on this concept.