Tomorrowland: Building a Better Future

“Even the tiniest of actions can change the future,” stated Casey Newton.

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Disney’s “Tomorrowland” came out May 22, giving a fun, inspirational take on what could be our tomorrow.

Jet packs, robots, and dreamers, oh my! We see so many movies about the future. Most are dystopian, with messages about what we’ve been doing wrong in our world. They focus on serious topics that make us think. “Tomorrowland” does just that, but with an inspirational twist.

The movie starts out with one of the protagonists, Frank (George Clooney), explaining why the future is bad, but his friend Casey (Britt Robertson), a spunky, blonde teenage girl, keeps interrupting to help him be optimistic. She eventually takes over the story and begins telling it from her perspective. I really liked that assertiveness, and I could tell that I was going to get along with this character. This banter between the narrators really started out the story in a new way and let their characters truly come across.

Then the story moves to present day Cape Canaveral, Florida, and the action truly begins. Casey is getting herself into some trouble when the cops catch her. As she’s being let out and has to recollect her belongings, she receives a pin that, when she touches it, transports her to a parallel world of future and fun: Tomorrowland. And when she can no longer see this world, she goes on an adventure to find out how she can get back there, followed by little girl named Athena (Raffey Cassidy), who is more than meets the eye.

Not everybody is what they seem in this movie; everyone has layers that are not apparent on the surface. There are completely human-looking people that turn out to be robots, a delinquent girl who really is a bright dreamer, a pessimistic middle-aged man whose dreams were seemingly ripped apart. You really have to look deeper at the characters to gain an understanding for who they are. “Tomorrowland” emphasizes the backstory, and to gain a full appreciation, you have to pay attention to the entire process of the character development.

Even the villains have reasons for their bitterness. Tomorrowland governor David Nix (Hugh Laurie) is angry at our world. We’re destroying ourselves with pessimism, drawing near an apocalypse. He refuses to help us because our lack of hope and dreaming has destroyed his world, too. “You’ve got simultaneous epidemics of obesity and starvation, explain that one. Bees butterflies start to disappear, the glaciers melt, the algae blooms. All around you the coal mine canaries are dropping dead and you won’t take the hint! In every moment there’s a possibility of a better future, but you people won’t believe it. And because you won’t believe it, you won’t do what is necessary to make it a reality,” he preaches.

Wrapped up in this epic adventure story is plenty of morals that make you want to do something. They make you want to dream and make a change in the world around you. With each character, you can learn a lesson and gain some inspiration, and that’s what makes this movie worth seeing.