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Times of India
: As a young boy, Frank Walker displayed a streak of inventive genius that would be honed to near-perfection by the time he reaches adulthood. He has however seen the future and so has a teen named Casey (Robertson), thanks to a magical pin-up badge. Together, they visit this magical mystery land to get a glimpse of what fate might have in store for humanity.
: Tomorrowland is an ambitious, sprawling tale involving different generations, time travel and visions of the future. If there's one simple fact that the film clearly establishes during its expansive run-time, it is that humanity's collective actions will have a direct impact on the days and years to come. And so, the world of tomorrow as depicted here can either be a post-apocalyptic disaster (climate change or nuclear war, take your pick) or a gleaming embodiment of mankind's finest achievements.
When we are introduced to an older Frank (Clooney) and the teenager Casey, they're already well acquainted and appear to be co-conspirators on to something big. Soon after, we zip to each of their backstories to the time when, as a young inventor, Frank (Robinson) was rebuked by David (Laurie).
But Frank did get the attention of David's from-the-future assistant of sorts, Athena (Cassidy, deadpan delivery bang on) who thinks Frank is brilliant and gives him a badge that'll change his life forever.
Bird takes the risky route by juggling non-linear narratives. A bulk of the story is devoted to Casey up to the point where she meets Frank, after which the film coasts along on Clooney's charm. There's a bit of humour too, thanks to a few chuckle-moments courtesy Clooney and Cassidy.
Excising some expository dialogue as well as perhaps a tighter edit in the second half would have been preferable. Nonetheless, there's plenty for kids to enjoy - laser guns, jet packs, space ships and plenty of tricks to fire a fertile imagination.
At the same time, it also manages to mix in a message about environmentalism and cautious idealism regarding the future.
The story of “Tomorrowland” started with a box labeled “1952,” supposedly discovered by accident in the Disney Studios archive. The mystery box contained all sorts of fascinating models and blueprints, photographs and letters related to the inception of Tomorrowland and the 1964 World’s Fair. Lindelof was excited by the find and recalls, “I began to imagine that the contents of the box were a guide to a secret story that nobody knew. But if so, what would that story be? And the most obvious answer to me was that there really was a place called Tomorrowland that was not a theme park but existed somewhere in the real world.”
Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland began the process of creating the looks for each of the characters by talking with the filmmakers to understand the characters and the world they inhabit in the film. “I tell the story through the visual of what people look like and how they present themselves,” explains Kurland. “So, after reading the script, I first talked to the director, Brad Bird, to find out how he sees these characters. How does he feel about them? What’s their background? We give them a bit of a background so we know where they came from, what their likes and dislikes are and what kind of people they are.”
Athena in 2014 presented a challenge to Kurland. “Here’s this 11-year-old girl who’s running around 2014 by herself,” says Kurland. “And I didn’t want her to look like a homeless girl or a refugee. She looks like a girl, but there’s also something a little different about her, so there is a little something advanced about her that’s in the fabrications of the clothing. She’s wearing a denim jacket, but she’s wearing double layers of shirts, and then the hoodie that she’s got on is kind of strange because it’s a knitted thing, like maybe an item that you find at a thrift store. But then her pants and her shoes look a little more advanced.”
There were 400 extras to be dressed for the 1964 World’s Fair scenes—a challenge for Kurland and his team that involved finding clothes and making clothes that fit the era. “There are certain things that had to be re-created that were real,” relates the costume designer. “For example, the people who manned the ticket booths and the maintenance people, what they looked like at that time, and the Greyhound driver, the trolley drivers and more.”
To get the kids ready for their roles, the film hired supervising stunt coordinator Robert Alonzo. “I had to do a physical assessment of them to make sure they would be able to handle what was coming to them,” says Alonzo. “Within a half hour of meeting Raffey [Cassidy], I said to the producers, ‘You have a winner. This girl is going to be amazing.’ We trained her in swimming, gymnastics, wirework, and martial arts, which was the main thing I needed her to learn for this film.”
Brad Bird was the first choice for the director of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. However, Bird respectfully refused the offer stating that when people get rare chance of doing an original film like this, they take up the opportunity. Bird even said that he is a huge Star Wars fan though and looks forward to watching this movie like every other fan.
Britt Robertson was cast for the lead role after Shailene Woodley turned it down. Naomi Scott was also considered for the role.
The film is based on the theme land ‘Tomorrowland’ at Disney theme parks.
In Europe, Disney had to change the name from Tomorrowland to Disney Project T because the name is a registered brand of the festival Tomorrowland. Similarly, when festival was to be held in the US, the name was changed to Tomorrowworld.
Tomorrowland was supposed to showcase what future would have in store for the people around the world. It is Disney’s top draws in the theme parks.
When the film opens, we see that Frank and Casey are already well acquainted. Although Frank is more the cantankerous ageing scientist and Casey is his hyperactive buddy but the both of them received a Tomorrowland badge. Frank was given his badge when he was a kid. As a bright young boy who was wise beyond his years, he felt a bit rebuked by David when he met the latter at the 1964 science fair to present a jet pack. Unfortunately it didn't really work. But Athena notices a spark of brilliance in him and gives him a badge with a 'T' marked on it. He then goes on a ride and when a laser reader identifies the badge, he is transported into a time machine to the future.
Casey has a father who works at NASA but the space program that he is working on is stalled due to an engineering problem. Casey parks her car outside NASA one night and uses a drone helicopter to distract the guard on duty. She then sneaks into the facility and sabotages some equipment in a rocket pad with a rocket set for liftoff. One day however, she gets the same badge marked with a 'T'. Repeated visions and an extended tour of sorts in this 'tomorrowland' convince her that she is on to something big. On another trip to the NASA facility, she is arrested and after her dad bails her out of jail, she tells him about the powers that the badge has. He of course refuses to believe her. But that same night back at their home, she tries out the badge again, to her astonishment and wonderment. Casey goes to a pawn shop later on regarding the badge and the two shop assistants instantly become very interested in the badge. She try to attack her and prevent her from leaving but is saved by Athena.
Athena is actually not human. A girl from the future, she can only 'conk off' so to speak, if some critical damage is done to her. Later on, Casey and Frank meet thanks to Athena and are later [after initial surprise at events leading up to their meeting. However, in the future, David is now some kind of genius war lord and sends his soldiers to eliminate Frank and Casey, who manage to escape each time. But finally, with the help of a time travel device, they do get to meet and confront Dave. Dave tells them that Earth does not have very long left in terms of sustaining life for mankind. This is due to gross negligence on behalf of humanity and taking the Earth's resources for granted. In a final confrontation, David is killed and Casey and Frank prepare a new set of Tomorrowland badges to send back in time to distribute to people of various profession and give them a glimpse into the future too so that they can spread awareness and positive action in order to save the Earth.
George Clooney's sci-fi mystery adventure film Tomorrowland has received mixed reactions from the moviegoers. Here's what the audience has tweeted about the film...
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