Disney has brought us films based on their theme parks rides, Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and the Country Bears being a few examples. Now
they've went one step further and named a film after an entire area of Disneyland, Tomorrowland, a futuristic themed area where guests are transported
unsurprisingly to the future.
The story begins at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York where a young Frank Walker takes his jet-pack invention. When he shows it to Nix, a stern judge who
is in charge of the innovations tent, (Hugh Laurie) he is immediately knocked down as the jet-pack doesn't work.
Fortunately for Frank he attracts the eye of Nix's young protégée, Athena (Raffey Cassidy) who gives him a magic pin that transports him to the futurist
city of Tomorrowland.
Moving onto the present day we meet a young rebellious teenager called Casey (Brit Robertson), Casey is the daughter of a NASA engineer who is about to get
made unemployed as NASA are cutting back on their space program. When Casey's given a similar pin to Frank she too is transported to Tomorrowland. Running
out of time in Tomorrowland she finds herself back in the present where she starts to worry about the future of the planet, global warming, famine, are a
few things that worry her. Thinking that she can make a difference she tracks down Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is now a grumpy reclusive scientist.
Between them the pair then set about saving the planet from destruction.
Directed by Brad Bird who brought us the excellent The Incredibles, Tomorrowland is a visually stunning film let down by a story that at times becomes over
complicated. Where Tomorrowland is, is never clearly explained, is it a parallel universe, is it the future, answers on a postcard please.
Tomorrowland is an enjoyable if somewhat over complicated piece of escapist entertainment helped in no small part by a young cast who are terrific,
particularly good is young English actress Cassidy who more than holds her own in scenes alongside Clooney.
Starring: George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy,
Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan Michael-Key, Thomas
UK Release: Friday 22nd May 2015