Brad Bird
Writer - Director

Damon Lindelof

Jeff Jensen

Film Review
Tomorrowland:It is hard to have ideas but easy to give up

It is hard to have ideas, but easy to give up.

That’s what Casey, the protagonist played by Britt Robertson, says who is always full of enthusiastic ideas that are filled with extreme optimism. She is always curious to know the reason behind everything that is going around her. She is seen asking questions (a lot of questions) in the classroom in almost all the subjects and the teachers are seen to be frustratingly ignoring her. But she never gets tired of knowing. The character of Casey has been built up effectively right from her childhood when she is seen looking up in the sky and naming different stars. Right from that age, she is seen hoping for not just a better world but an ecstatically beautiful world when she says “I wanna go to the stars.”

Being a daughter of a NASA engineer, she is seen sabotaging the machines that are dismantling the launch pad at a former NASA launch site in Cape Canaveral. When she gets arrested doing that, a pin with a ‘T’ symbol is found in her things. As she touches it, she is into another world and as she drops it, she finds herself in the real world only. From here, the journey for a better world, for a better land, for Tomorrowland begins which the director-writer Brad Bird along with his co-writer Damon Lindelof fall short of elucidating the otherwise great thought/idea in an efficacious way.

Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof and Jeff Jensen, all three who formulated the story, have taken an optimistic approach of creating a utopian world as the theme of the film. Tomorrowland is a land in another dimension which we are told to be found by four dreamers/inventors who founded Plus Ultra, a group of inventors dedicated to finding other dreamers and inventors with the hope of shaping the future for the better. Unfortunately, the pin which was given to Casey by a girl robot or simply said to be an Audio-Animatronic robot, Athena, played by Raffy Cassidy, a resident of Tomorrowland, had a fake commercial about that land as an invitation of which nothing is seen in that commercial was true in the present time. Frank Walker, another dreamer, played by George Clooney (his childhood played by Thomas Robinson), was banished from that land and that’s why he advises Casey not to ask anything about that land as it was no use going there.

Now Casey is a protagonist in a true sense. All throughout the film, she is a guide to the audience. Her curious nature helps the audience to get their queries resolved. It’s amazing that while watching, whatever questions come up in our mind, Casey asks the same questions. Although the screenplay is intriguing, making us as curious as Casey is, there are many things that have been left unexplained by the writers. The storytelling seems childish as all the hypothetical scientific principles haven’t been explained with justifying logic. They, instead, have been left as fantasy, leading the film into utopian philosophy. Except Casey’s character written perfectly with complete justification done by Britt Robertson, no other character is written in a way that would leave an impression on our mind.

The film is less about principles and more about symbolism. Nix, played by Hugh Laurie, who is seen governing Tomorrowland, is attempting to plant the knowledge of the impending destruction in the minds of the people of Earth to try and make them realize that they can stop it, through his monitor. However nobody actually tried to do anything about it. It is a satirical approach to show how we easily give up without even trying which is so true in reality. We know that our planet is getting destroyed but we have just accepted it and patiently waiting for the apocalypse instead of trying to make a better world. Here, the character of Casey is of utmost importance as she is a ray of hope for the people who have given up. She only comes up with this thought that what if whatever Nix is showing is fake. That gives the film an extremely optimistic approach of constantly trying to get new ideas to deal with issues and not just giving up as it has been said earlier: “it is hard to have ideas but easy to give up”.

While other filmmakers are busy making films on apocalypse, director Brad Birdie along with his fellow writers have tried to motivate us to dream for a better world and work towards it. Well, they haven’t tried to tell how!! That’s where the storytelling gets absurd. Basically, it’s a childish Interstellar.

   Prakhar Khare

A film buff who loves to read, write and analyze cinema, literature and music and connect them with life..

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