Okay, so I’m not going to keep you in suspense.
The answer to the question in the title of this article is…
Yes, you should go see the movie Tomorrowland starring George Clooney and directed by Brad Bird.
Is this because Tomorrowland is a great movie?
We’ll get to that in a second…
First, you should know that Brad Bird is one of my top 2 favorite Hollywood directors – the other being J.J. Abrams, he of Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens (nerd alert!).
Brad Bird also directed The Incredibles – a movie I have seen at least a dozen times, and enjoyed it each and every time – and the astonishingly effective Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which was easily the best film in that franchise.
So when I saw the trailer for Tomorrowland – where the girl (played by Britt Robertson) gets whisked to another dimension whenever she touches a special lapel pin – and I saw that George Clooney (one of my favorite actors) was in it, I said to myself, “I can’t wait for this movie. This is going to be Brad Bird’s best movie yet.”
The premise of Tomorrowland is simple: we humans are gorging ourselves on a steady diet of doom and gloom, and we’d better snap out of it fast.
This is the main reason, by the way, that I have stopped watching TV news – because “if it bleeds, it leads.” (Which was also the premise of the movie Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhall, which I highly recommend if you’re ready to squirm in your seat.)
What I loved about the Tomorrowland movie is that Bird (who also co-wrote the screenplay) is essentially holding a mirror up to humanity and going, “Hey! Are you guys going to wake up or what?!”
The main problem is that, as the saying goes, “the whole doesn’t add up to the sum of its parts.”
And yes, its parts are amazing – the visual effects stunning, the direction tight, and there really wasn’t any fat to be trimmed from the screenplay.
In fact, I found myself wiping away a tear near the end of the movie.
So Tomorrowland definitely tugged at my heartstrings.
Throughout the movie, I could feel how passionately Brad Bird was trying to shake us out of our torpor and make us, well, wake up.
And perhaps it was because he felt so passionately about this movie’s message that he lost perspective on the storytelling itself.
However, I think everyone who has children should bring their kids to see Tomorrowland – if for nothing else than to remind us to dream big dreams, and keep dreaming.
And for those dreamers among us – go see it, too…
If for no other reason than I want Hollywood – and Brad Bird – to get the message to keep making more movies like Tomorrowland.
Noah’s Note: Go see Tomorrowland starring George Clooney, keep dreaming big dreams – and then work to make your dreams come true!
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Noah St. John, Author The Book of Afformations®
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