One of the best things a filmmaker can give their audience is a sense of wonder. A moment when you feel completely amazed and truly believe that anything is possible.
Brad Bird did just this in Tomorrowland, set in a futuristic place of the same name built by the world’s best scientists, engineers and artists. A hover train soars high above you, and there’s a swimming pool that defies gravity. It’s breathtaking to watch, and it’s pretty hard to beat the scene where the Eiffel Tower splits in half to launch a rocket.
Tomorrowland has shut itself off from the rest of the world. David Nix (Hugh Laurie), the man in charge, believes people on Earth will destroy the planet, because nobody is actually doing anything to save it. It’s up to disillusioned genius Frank Walker (George Clooney), the optimistic Casey Newton (Britt Robertson), and girl robot Athena (Raffey Cassidy) to bring back hope.
Every day we are bombarded with news about unrest all over the world, reports on how our environment is on the brink of collapsing … but we’re not working together to solve these problems. Humans are selfish, says Nix in a sobering monologue. It seems to be the sad truth, but there’s optimism in Tomorrowland. It welcomes those with a vision to collaborate in their efforts to build a brighter future.