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★★★ Star review of Tomorrowland (2015)

★★★ Star review of Tomorrowland (2015)
Action/Adventure/Mystery, Rated PG, 130 Minutes.
Starring: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory.

Director Brad Bird, most famous for his fantastic animation ‘The Incredibles’ takes us on a live action sci-fi adventure into Tomorrowland. Bird who’s most famous for his animation work with ‘The Iron Giant’ and ‘Ratatouille’ now takes us on his second journey into the live action world following his entry into the Mission Impossible franchise ‘Ghost Protocol’. No matter what form Brad Bird takes tho, his love for retro-gadgetry and amusingly choreographed action sequences shines through.

Tomorrowland takes us on a journey into a familiar end of the world Sci-Fi scenario, but puts it’s own unique spin on it by including a utopia called Tomorrowland, that’s fully equipt with Bird’s signature gadgets. Unfortunately we have become very comfortable with our dystopian futures so Tomorrowland sits a little uneasy in it’s sci-fi setting, it’s almost boring, and unfortunately this makes the story a little harder to engage with. So how do we make this utopia interesting again? We add an end of the world scenario and borrow from other popular dystopian sci-fi’s to try to liven it up a little.

As a whole Tomorrowland is an entertaining and probably confusing adventure for kids. Bird’s skills that normally include something for all ages, no matter the film seems to be lacking here. It just doesn’t have the humor, timing or surprisingly the inventiveness of his other films. Even some of the violence feels tonally wrong for something that is essentially a kids film.

What stands out is a great performance from Raffey Cassidy, who is entertaining whenever she’s on screen. She possibly has all the best lines but she makes the most of them, outshining George Clooney, Britt Robertson (Who feels way to old for the character) and Hugh Laurie, who all seem to be on auto-pilot. What we end up with is an entertaining, matrix lite for kids, with a positive message.

Review out of five stars: ★★★ Stars.
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