May 22, 2015

George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Raffey Cassidy in TOMORROWLAND.

Directed by: Brad Bird

Written by: Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof

Cast: George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Judy Greer, Tim McGraw, Hugh Laurie, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Robinson, Keegan-Michael Key

Rating: PG (for sequences of sci-fi action violence and peril, thematic elements, and language)

Running Time: 130 minutes

It’d be safe to assume by the way TOMORROWLAND starts that Frank Walker (George Clooney) is the main character, but that’s not the case. Matter of fact, it is this problem of establishing who’s story it really is that renders the entire film mediocre. The film’s main character is Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), and unfortunately for the audience her story doesn’t start until 25-35 minutes into the movie. By then you should be looking for a pillow and blanket for a nappy-poo. The film does get better as we follow Casey, and there are some good moments when she eventually meets Walker. But by then it is too late. Writer/director Brad Bird (THE IRON GIANT, THE INCREDIBLES, RATATOUILLE, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE–GHOST PROTOCAL) is a great storyteller. Sadly, this one is a miss.

Grade: C+