From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Now that I’ve seen Tomorrowland, I’d love to give you some kind of insight. But honestly, I still don’t know what it’s about. There’s action, adventure, a touch of science fiction and an odd romance (if you can even call it that). Don’t get me wrong – it’s an amazing movie. But I only loved parts of it.Visually, it’s beautiful – the graphics are amazing and it’s the kind of film where you can easily just get lost in a scene. Especially if you see it in IMAX. But some scenes linger a little too long and there are a lot of stories being told. All at the same time. I was never really sure what plot point I should focus on. And with all the different story lines, I still walked out of the theater with unanswered questions.What happened to Casey’s mom? She was in one scene and then never seen or mentioned again?
Where did the magical Tomorrowland pin come from? Who created it?
Who were people after the pin? And then there was the relationship between Frank and Athena. An endearing childhood first love story but when present day Frank (as George Clooney) is still carrying a torch and/or still feeling burned by rejection over tween Athena – it’s a little weird.So putting all my confusion and slight discomfort aside – I enjoyed Tomorrowland and there’s parts that I really loved.
I loved the scene where young Frank arrives at the World’s Fair. Not only does it take place in Flushing Meadow Park (my hometown of Queens, New York) but it’s just so beautiful and nostalgic. That scene is everything a Disney movie should be. I wish I could have seen more of that world.
I love that Casey is the real hero of the movie. Her role is critical and Frank – as cranky as he is – acknowledges that. It’s great to see a young woman in such an empowering role. I also love how – in spite of how bleak things are – she still sees hope and a way to change the future.
One of my favorite scenes is the one between Casey and her dad. Her dad is feeling hopeless about his future and it’s Casey who offers encouragement by reminding him of an anecdote. She says something like:
“There are two wolves. One bright and hopeful and one dark and cynical. Which wolf wins? Whichever one you feed. Feed the right wolf.”
Isn’t that great? It was that awww movie moment and the kind of reminder that I needed to hear.
So is it appropriate for kids? More importantly – should you take your special needs child to see the sensory screening on Saturday May, 30th?
I wouldn’t take Norrin to see it in the theaters – just because live action films are hit or miss. But it’s definitely something I’d watch at home with him. If your children are older, then take them to see it. It’s a fun movie that any Disney fan will appreciate. And a sensory screening is always a safe place for a movie theater experience.
For more on Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings visit: Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings at AMC Theaters & Tips for Taking Your Special Needs Child to the Movies