A film with an interesting premise, great visuals and amazing story becomes over-disneyfied and has a political message that it too in your face.

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In the modern world of films it is rare to see a truly original idea giving studio backing, especially in the science-fiction genre. In the world of Marvel and Star Wars everything is about franchising and this is why Tomorrowland interested me. It is a film backed by a Disney that isn’t based on a book, comic or anything else… a rarity.

George Clooney is the star of the film playing Frank, a disillusioned genius who was exiled from ‘Tomorrowland’ (an alternate dimension created by the world greatest minds to explore science without government interference) years before. Since his time in the dimension. it has fallen to apart with the ideas that founded it become dragged down by the inevitable ending of human life. He lives in a world of no hope. That is until he meets Casey (Britt Robertson), a young rebellious teen who sees things differently. Together they set out to fix Tomorrowland and stop all of the world’s problems.

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The idea is intriguing and almost works, but sadly doesn’t quite do what the audience hopes for as the script is essentially a mess. There are moments of the film where it is ridiculously in your face about the issues at hand… Hugh Laurie (playing the villain ‘Nix’) for instance goes on a five-minute rant about climate change and obesity in a scene that occurs from nowhere.

This is then contrasted by typical Disney style action scenes where it is clear that the lead characters are not under any sort of real threat and make lots of jokes. It is at points ridiculously cheesy and just lacks any sort of emotional impact. It all just feels too safe.

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But despite all of this the film is still hugely entertaining and lives up to what the audiences want in a large part. The characters are solid, and solidly performed, the jokes are in general amusing and the story moves in a way that is just unpredictable enough. It’s just a shame that the entire thing feels as if it’s been covered in a politically correct lens, with its true heart and meaning being reduced to random monologues.

7/10