Friday, May 22, 2015

Movie Review: Tomorrowland

Director:                       Brad Bird
Producers:                    Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird, Jeffrey Chernov
Executive Producers:   John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen, Brigham Taylor
Story by:                      Damon Lindelof & Brad Bird & Jeff Jensen
Screenplay by:             Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird
Rating:                         PG
Opening date:              May 22, 2015

Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend an advance screening of this film. Tomorrowland is a mystery adventure movie that's fun to watch. It has a slow start but it gets better from there. A very smart, optimistic teen girl, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson) discovers a special pin which takes her to another place ("Tomorrowland") whenever she touches it. She teams up with a former boy-genius turned into a distrusting hermit Frank Walker (George Clooney). Together they have to figure out how to fix a major problem in Tomorrowland that affects the world before it's too late. Tomorrowland is a secret society of geniuses, led by Governor Nix (Hugh Laurie). Science, innovation, and technologies are showcased in this movie. Excellent special effects! Riveting action scenes! Fantastic performances by the cast! The film also stars Raffey Cassidy as Athena (adorable and believable), and Tim McGraw as Casey's Dad. 

I'm sure I will enjoy Tomorrowland more when I watch it again because there's a lot of information to absorb. It gets philosophical at times. The journey to the unknown is exciting. The message inspires hope and discussion. Tomorrowland is a good, clean family movie (not intended for very young children due to violence) that encourages ideas, imagination, optimism, and making a positive impact in the world. Each one of us can do something to make this world a better place and to brighten the future. #Dreamerswanted 

Some Fun Facts about the movie (provided by Walt Disney Studios):
  • When it came to creating a city built by visionaries with advanced technologies, filmmakers knew it had to look like one and finding such a place was not an easy task. At first it seemed as though the whole of Tomorrowland would have to be built from scratch, an expensive and time-consuming proposition. But then in a series of wonderful coincidences, Tom Peitzman, the visual effects producer and the film’s co-producer, stumbled upon a car commercial early on in production; the location in the commercial looked so futuristic that he recorded the ad on his phone and brought it to director Brad Bird. The location turned out to be the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, and was designed by Santiago Calatrava whose work was already serving as an inspiration for production designer Scott Chambliss. The discovery also dovetailed with director Brad Bird’s preference for physical locations over virtual sets.
  • In addition to sets in Spain and Canada, locations included the “It’s a small world” ride at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, a beach in the Bahamas, and a second unit shoot in Paris. In total, the film had over 90 different combinations of sets and locations, and moved ten times.
  • Filmmakers were thrilled to see a real NASA Maven rocket launch (a probe to Mars) at the Cape Canaveral set location and several of them were able to view the launch from a position closer than the press viewing stage. For the filmmakers, it was a dream-come-true and symbolized the future that the film inspires.

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Please feel free to check out the fun activities below (by clicking on the links) for kids. Have fun!

Jet Pack Balloon Races
Memory Game
Spot the Difference
Coloring the Future

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