When you think of the future – your future – are you filled with dread? Do you think there’s nothing you can do to make a difference and it “is what it is?” Quite frankly, watch the news one evening and a sense of pessimism may come over you. With reports of natural disasters, financial ruins, crimes, and more, it’s hard not to feel this way.
What if one movie could change your outlook? Possibly even motivate you to make a difference, to change your future? Tomorrowland may just be that movie.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”700px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]The idea of Tomorrowland is that, the future is yours and it’s yours to decide what it will be. I feel as if we have to get to that point where we all understand that the individual is not helpless. Regardless of who you are, your voice has to matter and you have to participate. Even if two people hear you, those two people may change. We have to constantly remind ourselves that we’re not just stuck here. – George Clooney[/dropshadowbox]
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures brings us a fantastic family film with Tomorrowland starring George Clooney (Gravity, Ocean’s 11), Hugh Laurie (House) and Britt Robertson (The Longest Ride). This epic summer blockbuster brings us back to when Disney movies were fun and thrilling – remember how you felt when watching Return to Witch Mountain?
A bright, optimistic teen (Robertson) is recruited to come to Tomorowland – a place where the brightest of minds come together to make a utopian land – far from the strife & realities of earth. And she needs to the help of jaded, gruff and disillusioned Clooney to get there. The movie follows their struggle and journey to get back to Tomorrowland.
It’s fast-paced and exciting, everything a summer blockbuster should be. And it makes you think. The future doesn’t have to be dark and scary. But we can’t just wait for the future to come, we have the ability, no matter how small, to make a change.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”700px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]And we would like people hopefully come away thinking I have a hand in the future. I’m not a passenger on this bus. I can be the driver. We collectively are in charge of where & what we want the future to be. The future is a malleable thing that’s changing every day. And it’s being created by what people do today. – Brad Bird[/dropshadowbox]
And while producers Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof were careful to say their intention was to make a “good summer movie” and not one that is “good for you to see”, you can’t help but walk away motivated and optimistic.
Look, I’m not a movie critic. I’m not going to delve into the acting or the sets or other important movie stuff (someone else is much more qualified than me to do that!). I’m just a mom who loves to go to the movies with her family. I love to escape reality for a few hours and jump into a story. And in my opinion, Tomorrowland is a great family movie to see. I saw it 2 weeks ago and it is still on my mind. I can’t wait to take my entire family so we can have a conversation about it.
I am taking my 14 & 12 and 6 year olds to see Tomorrowland. For the older two, it’s a fantastic movie about how one teenager’s actions can make a big difference. Yes, some of her actions are questionable, but I want them to see the possibility of asking questions and doing something rather than sitting back and waiting for life to come to them.
I found the role of Casey (Robertson) inspiring for young women who are interested in science, engineering, or simply are inquisitive and outspoken. I would love for girls across the globe to see that it’s cool to be smart and to ask questions and to do something.
What age do I think Tomorrowland is appropriate for?
I think that only you as the parent can answer that. There is a lot of action, there is a bit of violence (though most of the “victims” are robots), and there is an emotional scene that might be hard for younger-aged kiddos. You know your kid best. My six year old (and 3rd child) has seen a lot of action movies and is completely obsessed with Avengers right now. He will love this movie. And it is rated PG.
Has going on the press junket for Tomorrowland made the movie more endearing to me?
It’s hard to say. I love movies about the future, so I was attracted to this movie when I first heard about it last fall. That said, I have put a lot of time and research into this film —> hello? Exclusive interview with George Clooney!. I know that regardless of the background information I have received on Tomorrowland, I would have enjoyed this film no matter what.
It’s a great summer film for the family – a perfect movie to kick off your summer with!
Tomorrowland is rated PG and opens today in theaters nationwide.
Want to hear more about Tomorrowland??
Find out what prop George Clooney may or may not have taken from the set of Tomorrowland in my exclusive interview with him. Also, find out what valuable lesson his costar, Britt Robertson learned from Clooney. And find out what inspired Director/Producer Brad Bird and Screenwriter/Producer Damon Lindelof to create Tomorrowland in my exclusive interview with them.
We visited the Walt Disney Archives to learn how Tomorrowland producers used items from the archives to recreate key scenes in the movie. Then we headed over to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland- here’s 13 Fun Facts You Don’t Know about Tomorrowland. Visitors to Disneyland can get a special sneak peek at Tomorrowland and see props from the movie. And check out all the fun that Disneyland has planned for it’s 60th Anniversary, starting May 22, 2015.
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Disclosure: I was an invited guest at an all expenses paid trips to Los Angeles for the Tomorrowland Press Junket by Disney Pictures. I was not compensated for any of these articles. All opinions are my own.