The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

How­ever, some­thing hap­pened in be­tween, and our col­lec­tive at­ti­tude about what's to come has soured for many. "That idea of you be­ing per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for your own fu­ture — where that fu­ture is po­ten­tially fun — has started to slip away," said Lin­de­lof, who was born in 1973. Bird added: "We've been grad­u­ally pre­pared for the idea that the fu­ture is go­ing to stink. It's hap­pened so slowly that we haven't re­ally no­ticed it."

That's where the Dis­ney movie "To­mor­row­land" kicks off. In a story de­vel­oped by Lin­de­lof, Bird and long­time En­ter­tain­ment Weekly writer Jeff Jensen, a boy ge­nius turned pes­simistic adult grump (played by Clooney) gets en­tan­gled with a driven and bright dreamer, Casey (played by Britt Robert­son), who en­deav­ors to go to "To­mor­row­land" and fix what's been lost: Op­ti­mism. Part of that in­volved Clooney tak­ing a back seat to the young fe­male pro­tag­o­nist in the film. "In my 30s, I got to punch the guy and fall on the ground and walk away and there are ex­plo­sions be­hind me as I'm walk­ing to­ward the cam­era. Now I'm the guy who gets socked in the face, who falls on the ground and who whines a lot," said Clooney.

In many ways, "To­mor­row­land" is a re­sponse to mod­ern cyn­i­cism, of­ten most ev­i­dent on so­cial me­dia. When "To­mor­row­land" was un­der devel­op­ment, for ex­am­ple, it used the code name "1952." By em­brac­ing an orig­i­nal idea with "To­mor­row­land," Bird also be­lieves the film is a re­sponse to the stan­dard­iza­tion of sum­mer movies — all su­per­heroes and se­quels. It's a brave thing to go against the mold, es­pe­cially this earnestly. "Not ev­ery­thing is based on a comic book," said Bird. "Peo­ple say that they want to see some­thing orig­i­nal and there is a way to do that," he added, even though "To­mor­row­land" is tech­ni­cally based on an area in a theme park.

Do­ing that meant fully com­mit­ting to the spirit of op­ti­mism, even if it is a bit retro, sim­plis­tic and pos­si­bly naive. But that's their point: To in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of hope­ful in­no­va­tors. "We're not afraid to make a movie that could be per­ceived by some as corny or hope­ful or un­re­al­is­tic," said Bird. "You have to have the dreamer in or­der to do the dream."










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