Another attempt by Disney to turn theme park attractions into cinema doesn’t quite fare as well as its first foray into the “genre” despite having director Brad Bird (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Ratatouille) at the helm. Unlike the original Pirates of the Caribbean and far more like its ever-diminishing sequels, Tomorrowland is based on hardly anything at all and delivers hardly any more.
Premise: Brilliant teen and a former boy-genius embark on a reluctant journey to a mysterious place and uncover secrets that may be more than they can handle. Result: An ambitious film that tried too much and accomplished too little.
The film begins at the New York World’s Fair decades earlier to introduce a young boy who encounters a new world via one of the Fair’s attractions. This young boy grows into curmudgeon Frank Walker (George Clooney) who is pulled out of a quasi-reclusive existence after a young girl is led to him.