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Tomorrowland (2015) - Movie Review


The trailers really intrigued me and knowing that Brad Bird was directing it, how could I not be excited for it. Finally got around to watching it and if you take out the third act of the movie, it was great.

The movie is about, well, tomorrowland, or rather the journey to get there. I'll keep it vague as the movie did a great job of not telling you a lot in the trailers, unlike the stupid trend we have nowadays where even the main plot twists are sometimes shown in the trailers (I'm looking at you Terminator: Genisys).

The main cast was pretty good. Brit Robbertson, who plays the lead girl, was fantastic. I loved her in the movie. She really had this enthusiastic, perky, and plain fun aura about her and it just made her character really likable. Good thing too since she had to carry the movie on her shoulders. We also get George Clooney, who obviously needs no introduction, and was good. And the little girl, played by Raffey Cassidy, initially didn't impress me but then she grew on me and I really liked her as well. And it is very rare to see a child getting such screen-time in a movie and not ruin it.

Now the movie had this sense of journey that made me feel like a child filled with adventure, you know the feeling you used to get when watching adventure films in your younger days. This aspect was really well executed and was a lot of fun. Not to mention the plot kept it fresh and somewhat unique. Brad Bird's direction really shined here with great visuals and flow of scenes. There was this one particular seen where we see tomorrowland properly for the first time and it was this one long shot following the lead character and it really made you feel like how the character was feeling, was handled really well. The CGI was mostly great, however there were some times where it just felt off. The score complemented the adventure feel of the movie and was pretty good.

The movie is a great example of 'the journey being better than the destination' scenario. The last act of the movie was no where near as good as the rest. Not only did it felt underwhelming, it felt rushed and out of place. Now I usually don't have any problems with cliches but when most of your movie feels fresh and different, ending it with a cliche/usual type scenario just really amplifies it. Also, while the message of the movie was noble, it became way too preachy, like in your face level preachy, which kinda became annoying. And the villain felt like being a villain just for the sake of it.

With all that said and done, the sense of adventure and the fun this movie gave was still worth it and overall made this a pretty enjoyable ride.

7.5/10

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