Highly Suspect Reviews: "Tomorrowland" | One of Us

Highly Suspect Reviews: “Tomorrowland”

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“To Infinity…and Beyond!” No, wait, that’s the wrong Disney film. But still, we ARE talking a Disney film about a Disney product, a section of their theme park, to be exact. Said Disney brand is strongly emphasized (pretty much, ever-present) in this tale of the land that once was and could be again. Britt Robertson plays a teenage girl who is delivered a transformative preview experience of the titular world by a spunky child robot who directs her to team up with cranky ol’ George Clooney to save the world and find an entrance to Tomorrowland before the killer robots find them.

So there’s your nutshell. Did I mention the great Brad Bird directed this? Perhaps I should mention that Chris, Ashley, Diva and JC had some seriously mixed reactions…


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Ryan Naughton

    Wow, Diva got vicious.

  • dark knight fan

    I don’t want Damon Lindelof to write any Star Wars movies.

    • Mr_Plainview

      I don’t want Damon Lindelof to write anything ever; not even his own name.

      • TheOtherDude92

        What are you smoking mang. Lindelof is a great writer, he did such wonderful thinks like fuck up a great TV show, screw up the origins of a franchise and ruin ever movies third act.

        • AshleyMoreno

          LOL I wonder if he’s ever thought of partnering with m night shyamalan on a project.

          • TheOtherDude92

            I’ve gone crosseyed just thinking about it.

          • AshleyMoreno

            Hahaha…I probably shouldn’t have even said it out loud. (Has Beetlejuice taught me nothing?!?)

          • Mr_Plainview

            Who know that might end up being a two negatives make a positive type scenario.

            Personally I believe that if the two of them ever entered the same room it would result in a creative black hole that would cause them both to physically implode.

          • AshleyMoreno

            Ah yes, the shyamalan-lindelof maxim. An intriguing theory.

  • dark knight fan

    Kids hate Clooney, because of Batman & Robin.

    • Chris Cox

      I doubt most kids have even seen Batman & Robin.

      • dark knight fan

        Well back in the late 90s.

        • AshleyMoreno

          I’ve seen it! I’m not a kid, but I am pretty immature. Does that count?? 😛

          • dark knight fan

            Yes, yes it does.

  • dark knight fan

    What you guys said about Tomorrowland is probably, why I don’t watch a lot of Disney movies.

  • Great review, guys. Honestly, I really liked having more woman involved in the review. ‘Def going to replay this a few more times today.

  • Darkman220

    ASHLEY IS BACK!!!!!!

    • AshleyMoreno

      Awe… thanks dude! 😛

  • Santos

    Wow, I’m so glad this movie didn’t appeal to me to begin with.

  • David Harkins

    I went to college at UCF in Orlando, so of course about a quarter of the student body worked for the mouse. One of my roommates worked the “It’s a Small World” ride. We had to feed her so much beer to make the poor girl not be on the brink of psychotic meltdown. On a good note, if I ever needed someone killed, shove them in a room with her an play that damn song and…

  • TheOtherDude92

    Saw the movie last night…. fucking Lindelof.

  • Charles Armstrong

    There was so much wanton murder in this movie. Like, the big victory “We did it!” at the end couldn’t have been accomplished without tons of people dying. This movie tried so hard to convince you it was a fun kid’s movie but kept speckling in bits of fucked up stuff.

  • cwoolboy

    I’ve seen this movie twice already, and have no problem admitting that I love it. I agree that it’s certainly not a perfect film, and that some things don’t quite add up the way the film thinks it does, but I find that paying close attention can help explain a few things (for example, Clooney’s character spent a good 20 years in Tomorrowland, from 1964-1984, which is when he was exiled. Now, if he spent those 20 years ONLY in Tomorrowland, or if he traveled from Earth to Tomorrowland and back using that portal is not explained. Yes, there are definitely details that are left out or completely ignored, par for the course for Lindelof). I can understand the complaints some have with the film, but for me these issues never bothered me all that much. The action scenes are great fun, the film is constructed fairly well, I was thoroughly impressed with how the film fit in so many different Disney Parks references in a way that felt organic, and I loved our lead characters who were all entertaining, believable and worked well together. The standouts for me were Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy. (I even liked Hugh Laurie’s David Nix, who I feel has been wrongly cast as the villain of the film. To me, he’s quite possibly the saddest character here. Here is a man who once had optimism and hope, but has since lost all that. He has become exactly what he was crusading against. Not so much a bad guy, but more so a man who has lost his way. He also has the best speech in the film). Despite the fun action scenes, the cool idea and design of Tomorrowland, and the great lead characters, the main reason I really do love this film is it’s multiple positive messages which I feel are quite pertinent to the world we live in today. The main message of the film seems to be to always feed the right wolf. In today’s age, we are surrounded with negativity. With all the bad things going on in the world, it’s easy to lose hope. However, I feel it is imperative that no matter how bad things may get, we continue to feed into and work off of positive energy. That’s the only way things are going to get better, if we believe they will get better and work to achieve it. We can’t lie around and do nothing just because it’s the easy choice, if we are going to achieve a better, brighter future we will have to work for it. So, yes, Tomorrowland is not a perfect film but it IS tons of fun and it comes with a great, positive message that I feel many would do well to learn from. I still feel it is a great film (and yes, I do own my very own Tomorrowland pin. What can I say? I’m a dreamer). I’d give Tomorrowland 4 Stars out of 5