The only way Tomorrowland could be a more “Disney” Disney movie is if Walt Disney’s supposedly frozen head was an executive producer.
It isn’t, but director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) and screenwriter Damon Lindel of (Lost) are in charge of this family-friendly action adventure, which resembles its theme-park title. Tomorrowland (* * * out of four; rated PG; opens Friday nationwide) is a spectacular ride for most of it, and while you’re a little let down at the end, you kind of want to jump back on and do it all over again.
Britt Robertson is Casey Newton, a Cape Canaveral kid and science whiz who gets in trouble for trying to slow down the dismantling of a NASA project, one that’s keeping her engineer dad (Tim McGraw) employed. After a few hours in jail, she comes in contact with a retro-cool pin emblazoned with a “T,” and when Casey touches it, she’s transported to a wondrous future utopia.
This is obviously Tomorrowland, a place founded so all the brightest minds on Earth could have somewhere to work, think and be awesome without bureaucracy and other obstacles slowing them down.
It’s not quite what it once was, and Casey discovers that she’s the person who can fix it. Her journey finds her befriending an enigmatic, freckle-faced youngster named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), the keeper of these magical pins, and Frank Walker (George Clooney), a boy genius who grew up to be an antisocial shut-in.