By Matthew McKibben | March 9, 2015
It’s safe to say at this point that Disney is after your money…not some of it, all of it. They have Cinderella coming out next week (and it’s quite good), Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man coming out this summer, Pixar has Inside Out coming out in June and The Good Dinosaur in November, and then they’re closing out the year by releasing a little low-budget movie called Star Wars in December. And nestled in the middle of all of that is the seemingly fun and original Tomorrowland. When I did my list of 2015 movies I’m most looking forward to, I had Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland ranked fourth behind Mad Max, Star Wars, and Avengers: Age of Ultron. I’m not sure I’d change that ranking were I to redo my list today, but it should be noted that the movies ahead of it are reboots and sequels (or both depending on how you view Star Wars). It’s always hard to tell based off trailers, but it looks to be both fun and thought provoking, though I admit to being a little nervous that Damon Lindelof’s (LOST) involvement will mean that it raises a lot more questions than it answers. Not providing answers is all good and well if you create work that gives you enough context clues to piece together some answers of your own, but if you’re going to create a story where a person’s ideas are crucial to the survival of humanity, you had better pay that off with something. All that being said, this story looks incredibly fun, with the effects being light and airy in a whimsical kind of way. Having George Clooney helps. He’s always game for stuff that straddles the line between camp and seriousness. I couldn’t be more excited for this.
Disney’s Tomorrowland, set for wide release on May 22nd, is directed by Brad Bird, written by Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, and stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson, Hugh Laurie, Judy Greer, and Tim McGraw.