I appreciated the pin gimmick opening day, but aside from that, I was incredibly disappointed by this movie. There was so much that I felt could have been explored, but it just didn’t happen here. This was one of those movies where I felt the trailer showed a lot of promise, but the final product failed to deliver. I don’t know if anyone else shared this same sentiment, but when I watched the trailer I was very confused as to what the plot was actually going to be. After watching the movie, that part made a lot of sense, because in my opinion there wasn’t really a story. Not one where I could walk away feeling like I hadn’t thrown away my money, anyway.
I’ll start off by saying this. For a movie that’s roughly two hours and twenty minutes long (give or take a few minutes), the first two hours give you a whole lot of nothing. At least, I didn’t think so.
I’m sure it’s happened before, though I can’t think of any examples off the top of my head right this minute, but I found myself disliking Britt Robertson’s character instantly. Maybe her fast-talk and constant interrupting of George Clooney’s character works for kids, but it most certainly grated on my nerves. I haven’t seen enough of Britt Robertson to fairly comment on the actor’s style in portraying characters, so I can only assume that the character was just terribly written.
While it’s possible my difficulty in enjoying this movie came from both the fact that I’ve never been to the actual theme park and that I’m no longer a kid, but I’m not sure if those reasons actually apply, since I still enjoy other Disney/Pixar-like films.
So what did I find so disappointing about this movie? Here’s a list:
- I want to say roughly 2 hours of the movie is spent with the main characters running away from “bad guys.”
- The initial antagonists were…strange. I’ll just leave it at that.
- Robertson’s character was incredibly frustrating. She spent more time screaming, whining, and interrupting other characters constantly instead of waiting to listen to the answer to questions that she (and probably even those watching) had.
- Then there’s Athena, a supporting character, who is a lot more endearing, but has her frustrating moments where she refuses to answer questions. (Although a lot of that could probably be attributed to Robertson’s character constantly interrupting her, preventing her from actually explaining.)
- There were a lot of cool flashback scenes and gadgets to explore, only none of those things are ever really fleshed out. (I really think huge opportunities were lost here.)
- There was a “commercial” for how super awesome and amazing Tomorrowland was that played several times throughout the movie, and it made me think I was being prepped for an equally amazing plot twist of some kind by the time the characters would actually get to Tomorrowland. Only…
- By the time the characters actually do get to Tomorrowland, the movie has about 15/20 minutes left to it (which, if you are anything like me, makes you wonder exactly what was possibly even going to get crunched into such little time), and all you get served is the apocalypse, an evil Hugh Laurie with motives a viewer can hardly even attempt to sympathize with because they were hardly prepped for it, and a drawn out nonsensical “fight to the finish.”
- And the ridiculously extended scene where Athena (who we later find out is a robot) says she is shutting down so her mouth won’t be moving anymore while she continues talking (which is true for a period), but then all of a sudden she becomes fully functional again to explain other things. She also constantly says she’s about to shut down for good, but it kind of becomes hard to take her seriously after a point because the shut down doesn’t actually happen until the most convenient of times, almost comically so.
And honestly, that’s just scratching the surface on all things I found terrible with the plot. I really could go on and on, but that would just be a waste of time.
Final Thoughts: If you haven’t seen it, you really haven’t missed anything. It wouldn’t surprise me if they came up with a sequel, since Hollywood seems to do that with almost anything, but honestly I have no idea what the plot would be. I suppose though, any plot they come up with would be far more interesting than what this movie had to offer.