Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (George Clooney, Hugh Laurie) May,22.

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  • Denis
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    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.

    Written by: Damon Lindelof,  Brad Bird and Jeff Jensen.

    Cast: 

    Brid Robertson

    George Clooney

    Judy Greer

    Kathryn Han

    Hugh Laurie

    Official Trailer

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWZ7O-RrATY 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Fun Fact: Tomorrowland was actually shot literally five minutes away from where I live (which totally gives away where I live if you do the research). It was the first time that a big-budget Hollywood film was shooting anywhere even remotely close there, which is kinda the middle of nowhere. My sister and her husband and I once went to the place where they were shooting to try and see if we could sneak a peek and/or actually meet George Clooney, but no dice. On our way there however, funny story, my brother-in-law was asking me what other actors were in the film, and I happened on Hugh Laurie’s name and he immidiately said, “House? We could meet House?” I said “yes,” and he replied, “Who cares about meeting George Clooney, I wanna meet House!!”

    So for obvious reasons, I am excited to see the film. 

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    Tye-Grr
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    I quite liked the trailer, but I was going to watch this regardless just for Brad Bird alone. The man has yet to make a bad film, animated or live action. I’ll be there on day one.

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    babypook
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    Ah Mr Brad Bird, one of my favorites. Looks as if this is an Original Screenplay, and a Sci-fi to boot . It doesnt appear that they cut back much on their budget.  Go get ’em, Brad.

    I’ll be there for this.

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    Riley
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    I am always rooting for Damon Lindelof and I was on this for a couple of weeks.  They cut my hair for it to be fifties-appropriate.

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    babypook
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    I am always rooting for Damon Lindelof and I was on this for a couple of weeks.  They cut my hair for it to be fifties-appropriate.

    O yes? I’d kill to see you in an Elvis Duck-tail or a military buzz cut.

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    24Emmy
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    Tye-Grr
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    Mixed to positive responses so far… 5 of the 10 reviews on metacritic right now are quite positive (scoring it an 80 or higher), two found it okay (scoring 70 and 65), and 3 were mixed to nagative (60, 58, and 50). 

    Even the negative reviews praise Brad Bird’s direction, the imagination and whimsy in the action, and the techs (particularly visual effects and production design), but the screenplay is getting most of the bashing (damn you, Damon Lindelof!).

    The postive reviews really took to the themes of the film and the way that Bird tells the story. Overall solid notices for the cast.  

    I’ll still be seeing this opening night no matter what. I think Brad Bird is brilliant.  

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    Seems like a love it or hate it with most saying it’s imperfect but enjoyable. Either way, I’m there ASAP. Bird’s one of the finest directors on the block and I’ll see anything he does. Tomorrowland looks like some good old fashioned fun, so I’m excited and will most likely like it.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I’m most likely still going to see and probably love it on the novelty that it was filmed in my hometown alone!

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    Halo_Insider
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    But that’s not the case for Brad Bird. Critics have always loved Brad Bird. It sounds like most of them are saying that the film had a pretty mixed bag of a script.

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    My review: 

    My oh my what a movie. There are a lot of high expectations with a team like Brad Bird (director of The Incredibles) and writer Damon Lindelof, writer of my favorite TV show ever Lost and the one that frustrates me the most, The Leftovers. This movie tended to go on The Leftovers style of frustration but not as much as a headache as The Leftovers. Anyways, the first hour of this film is pretty interesting minus the Clooney narration but his character’s back story is interesting and fun to watch. We get to see the actual Tomorrowland in the beginning and it is well designed with great costumes to match the visuals. Then we get to the main story involving a young girl Casey played by Britt Roberson who was just ok as a leading star. She screamed half of her lines to the point that Clooney and Robertson’s earlier scenes just felt like a screaming match. There is also Raffey Cassidy who plays a Tomorrowland citizen that seduces both of them to venture to Tomorrowland at different time periods and she is fine but a bit to heavy with her British accent. She could have pulled back a little. Hugh Laurie is great as the President of Tomorrowland but is under used and I’m not quite sure why they were on the poster since their roles were more cameos if anything but Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael Key provide nice comedic relief. They also under used a great young talent that blew me away in 2012’s Looper named Pierce Gagnon as Casey’s brother who outperformed her in only two scenes. Now lets get back to the story. Towards the finale, Laurie gives this big speech that just screamed “preachy preachy preachy” and just really drove the ideas of this film into a train wreck. It’s pretty much Disney’s Interstellar except a mess. I can’t really fault this movie for being a little like Interstellar since the two were in production at the same time but there were many of the same ideas being presented here except they worked more in Interstellar. The score is also great and like I said the visuals, sound design, and art direction are wonderful but the story’s messy parts get in the way of making this a high brow spectacle like it boasts. This is a solid rental at best. 3 1/2 stars  

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    My oh my what a movie. There are a lot of high expectations with a team like Brad Bird (director of The Incredibles) and writer Damon Lindelof, writer of my favorite TV show ever Lost and the one that frustrates me the most, The Leftovers. This movie tended to go on The Leftovers style of frustration but not as much as a headache as The Leftovers. Anyways, the first hour of this film is pretty interesting minus the Clooney narration but his character’s back story is interesting and fun to watch. We get to see the actual Tomorrowland in the beginning and it is well designed with great costumes to match the visuals. Then we get to the main story involving a young girl Casey played by Britt Roberson who was just ok as a leading star. She screamed half of her lines to the point that Clooney and Robertson’s earlier scenes just felt like a screaming match. There is also Raffey Cassidy who plays a Tomorrowland citizen that seduces both of them to venture to Tomorrowland at different time periods and she is fine but a bit to heavy with her British accent. She could have pulled back a little. Hugh Laurie is great as the President of Tomorrowland but is under used and I’m not quite sure why they were on the poster since their roles were more cameos if anything but Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael Key provide nice comedic relief. They also under used a great young talent that blew me away in 2012’s Looper named Pierce Gagnon as Casey’s brother who outperformed her in only two scenes. Now lets get back to the story. Towards the finale, Laurie gives this big speech that just screamed “preachy preachy preachy” and just really drove the ideas of this film into a train wreck. It’s pretty much Disney’s Interstellar except a mess. I can’t really fault this movie for being a little like Interstellar since the two were in production at the same time but there were many of the same ideas being presented here except they worked more in Interstellar. The score is also great and like I said the visuals, sound design, and art direction are wonderful but the story’s messy parts get in the way of making this a high brow spectacle like it boasts. This is a solid rental at best. 3 1/2 stars  

    I was on the fence about seeing this but after reading what you said I definately am.  

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    [quote=”KyleBailey”]My review: 

    My oh my what a movie. There are a lot of high expectations with a team like Brad Bird (director of The Incredibles) and writer Damon Lindelof, writer of my favorite TV show ever Lost and the one that frustrates me the most, The Leftovers. This movie tended to go on The Leftovers style of frustration but not as much as a headache as The Leftovers. Anyways, the first hour of this film is pretty interesting minus the Clooney narration but his character’s back story is interesting and fun to watch. We get to see the actual Tomorrowland in the beginning and it is well designed with great costumes to match the visuals. Then we get to the main story involving a young girl Casey played by Britt Roberson who was just ok as a leading star. She screamed half of her lines to the point that Clooney and Robertson’s earlier scenes just felt like a screaming match. There is also Raffey Cassidy who plays a Tomorrowland citizen that seduces both of them to venture to Tomorrowland at different time periods and she is fine but a bit to heavy with her British accent. She could have pulled back a little. Hugh Laurie is great as the President of Tomorrowland but is under used and I’m not quite sure why they were on the poster since their roles were more cameos if anything but Kathryn Hahn and Keegan Michael Key provide nice comedic relief. They also under used a great young talent that blew me away in 2012’s Looper named Pierce Gagnon as Casey’s brother who outperformed her in only two scenes. Now lets get back to the story. Towards the finale, Laurie gives this big speech that just screamed “preachy preachy preachy” and just really drove the ideas of this film into a train wreck. It’s pretty much Disney’s Interstellar except a mess. I can’t really fault this movie for being a little like Interstellar since the two were in production at the same time but there were many of the same ideas being presented here except they worked more in Interstellar. The score is also great and like I said the visuals, sound design, and art direction are wonderful but the story’s messy parts get in the way of making this a high brow spectacle like it boasts. This is a solid rental at best. 3 1/2 stars  

    I was on the fence about seeing this but after reading what you said I definately am.  [/quote]

    I would’t say my review was a shining recommendation. It’s ok at best but I wouldn’t also say don’t see it. That’s why a rental is probably as much as I will go recommending it to people. It’s just kind of a dull movie story wise overall. 

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    Just saw this, and critics be damned, I enjoyed it. Yes, the overall message is the definition of heavy handed, but I’m kinda glad they did it- I completely agree with it and I think it’s important to work towards making earth a better place to live rather than sitting back and accepting that it’s doomed. Britt Robertson was great, and I also really liked the little girl who played Athena, but George Clooney was the MVP. He definitely didn’t phone in it, and I thought he was wonderful. The visuals are great, and Brad Bird shoots some very fun and imaginitive action set pieces, but the screenplay is messy and there are times where things are glossed over and it feels like it’s simply because they are leaps in logic that cannot be explained, so they figured to just skip over it. The last act is preachy, yes, but personally I wanted to cheer it on because I whole heartedly believe in its message. Also, just for the record (since people have been comparing them for some reason), IMHO ‘Tomorrowland’ > ‘Interstellar’. Yeah, I said it.

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