By: Connor Lenahan
Unless you are an obsessive pop culture nerd like me, there is a more than decent chance that you haven’t heard about Tomorrowland, a new film from Disney set to release May 22nd. Frankly, I’m not 100% on the story. I watched the trailer that popped up on YouTube today and found myself surprised that I had initially misunderstood the premise from myriad sources that talked about the movie when it was filming. For the sake of clarity, here’s the official summary and trailer from Disney.
“From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of. The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.”
Despite the fact that the summary is written in the happiest, most optimistic language possible, there is quite a lot to be excited about here. For one, George Clooney is the man. I’m dead serious, I would do just about anything to become his friend. Clooney is the most traditional movie star alive right now – he would fit in almost any era of stardom somehow – and the promise of him in anything gets me excited.
Again, non pop culture nerds would most likely not know that Brad Bird is the director of The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, and also worked on the early seasons of The Simpsons. Within the world of animated film this guy is a heavyweight. In the world of directors regardless of style he is vastly underrated. He is playing on his home turf with Disney, which brings the excitement up.
Damon Lindelof is one half of the show running duo responsible for Lost, one of the best network television shows in history. That’s it, you have me sold at him alone.
I don’t know who the kid is, and it doesn’t really matter. It’s a major Disney movie. They inevitably auditioned 83,000 kids and she was the choice. I trust Mickey and Co. here.
What makes this all the more exciting is that Dr. House himself is in the movie in the background – he maybe appears in the trailer for a maximum three frames. Hugh Laurie is, much like Clooney, a boss. Having him play yet another genius is the happiest typecasting possible.
Here’s the thing, this movie has been talked about in the circles of movie sites as potentially amazing. Most of the details were kept quiet on purpose. It is entirely possible, and entirely likely, that I am totally overexcited for this movie. But there’s a really, really good supporting frame to this thing. Everyone is losing their minds – myself included – over The Avengers 2 on the horizon. Looking past that, we might get a really entertaining month at the theater in May.