Director calls it ‘original’ in forest of sequels
with an aptitude for science.
Her belief in the futuristic land leads her on a journey to Frank Walker (George Clooney), a former boy genius once enticed by the promise of Tomorrowland but now exiled and bitter.
“I loved how optimistic it was,” Clooney says in an interview.
“I loved the idea that it looked at the world saying ‘the future is not what you see when you turn on the television and you get depressed and you’re inundated with it’. It doesn’t have to end that way.”
Not that the movie doesn’t touch on the real world cynicism that manymay feel when presented with an upbeat, Disney-fied view of a perfect world that can be achieved through the power of belief and imagination.
“You have to acknowledge the elephant in the room,” says director and co-writer Brad Bird, who called the film’s cynical moments “an unbilled character”, specifically harnessed through Clooney’s character.
Made for an estimated $190 million, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the Walt Disney Co family film is inspired by the Tomorrowland attraction at Disney theme parks, celebrating scientific achievements. It pays homage to Disney’s own visions and harkens to 1960s and 1980s ideals of the future, with jet packs and teleporting. But the film argues against putting all hope into just one visionary. Instead, it exalts the idea of coming together.
“It is dangerous to put all of your faith in (one) idea or those people, but it’s really good to embrace all of the good you can get out of it,” Clooney says.
Sandwiched between bigbudget franchise films such as Jurassic World this summer, Bird says Tomorrowland is “an original in a forest of sequels”.