TOMORROWLAND : A WORLD BEYOND
No future for you
released OUt now! 2015 | 12 | Blu- ray/ DVD
Director Brad Bird
Cast George Clooney, Britt Robertson,
Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy
It’s one of the eternal grumbles of the 21st century, so common it’s already the creakiest of comedy clichés: if this is the future, where’s my personal jetpack?
That’s also, in essence, the pitch behind Tomorrowland: A World Beyond. Brad Bird’s hymn to retro- futurism is a film you desperately want to love, a celebration of the kind of gleaming utopias that provided dream- fuel for decades of science fiction. And its visuals are frequently as beautiful as its sense of regret for a world that never came: Norman Rockwell prairies meet Flash Gordon citadels while hover- rails transport smiley futurenauts through impossible skylines of chrome and glass. But its tale of a disappointed dreamer ( George Clooney, entertainingly grouchy) teaming with a young optimist ( Britt Robertson, endearing) to reclaim the world’s mislaid hope never quite moves you as much as it should. Ultimately it feels as hollow as the second- hand future it’s hymning.
Extras “Remembering The Future” is a brief featurette with Brad Bird that includes some wonderful archival footage of the original Disneyland attraction plus rare ’ 50s Disney animation. Bird also brings us two short on- set video diaries, and there are featurettes on casting and scoring as well as a smattering of deleted scenes. Best of all are three faux items that expand the movie’s universe: “The Origins Of Plus Ultra”, a stylish, retro- rendered Pixar animated short supposedly from the early ’ 60s; Blast From The Past commercial: a fake TV ad for the movie’s geek- dream of a memorabilia shop; out- takes from The World Of Tomorrow Science Hour, a parody of all those stiff- backed educational shows, complete with a magnificently grumpy Hugh Laurie. Nick Setchfield
Look out for the Iron Giant and Mr Incredible in the Blast From The Past shop – two nods to Brad Bird’s CV.
As television aerials go, it was a corker.