Monday, May 11, 2015

It's a Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow

"Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as 'Tomorrowland.'"

     Tomorrowland was my favorite themed area when I visited Walt Disney World as a young child, which is surprising because I was scared of everything in that park besides "the future," which is now the thing I'm most afraid of.   ☺   I don't even remember any rides from that section from the first time I visited as a four-year-old (except we got stuck on the Carousel of Progress, oh the irony), but I do remember the last time I went when I was nine wanting to go to Tomorrowland first.   So, I guess my four-year-old self thought it was pretty or something...?

     Anyways, Tomorrowland was created because Walt Disney himself loved the thought of "the future."   He believed that science and creativity could make the world a better place.   His original idea was to make a futuristic city that people would actually live in, but when he died it was scrapped (because it was honestly a really bad idea that might have sunk the company).   Instead, they created Tomorrowland to show park visitors the beauty of "the future."   It wasn't purely educational or purely fun, but a balanced mixture of both.   It was to show children (and adults) that science was beautiful and fun, something that textbooks couldn't do.   (Sorry, textbooks.)

     Meet the Robinsons (2007) really captured this idea.   The film showed the wonders of technology, and the people behind the technology.   There is even a big sign saying "Todayland" as a reference to the park.   (Also, that's Space Mountain behind the sign.)     It showed that you should never give up on your inventions and ideas, and to "Keep Moving Forward."

     So, will Disney capture that same futuristic magic with this new film?   Let's watch the trailer and find out.

     Well, it's certainly not quite as bright and cheery as Meet the Robinsons, is it?   ☺

     On one hand, it seems that it is keeping the magic and wonder of science alive through Casey Newton, the main character.   She is in awe of the place that she sees when she touches the pin, and tries to go back on several occasions.   But is that it?   Is that all of the wonder that we will see from this film?

     The other main character, Frank Walker, seems frightened of what science can do.   We see that through the interesting fight with the guards (robot people?) in Frank's house.   He is also rather angry at Casey for finding the pin.   I think that this film has taken a rather dark turn around this character.

     Overall, I think that this film is really for older people and it's trying to keep them interested by making it very dramatic.   It is also coming from a director who does movies that usually have darker tones beneath them.   Brad Bird has directed The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol.   (He also directed Ratatouille, but that wasn't quite as dramatic or dark.   ☺)

    That being said, I may absolutely adore the movie after criticizing it.   I was very hard on Brave before I saw it, and now I love it!   You just never know with me.   ☺   Will I actually see the movie?   Um...maybe?   Taking into account that I don't live anywhere near a movie theater, I can't drive yet, and movie tickets are too expensive to only get to watch the movie one time, probably not.    Maybe when it comes out on DVD I'll watch it and review it.   ☺

Tomorrowland comes out in one week on May 22, 2015.   "You wanna go?"


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