By Bill Dudley

George Clooney has been all over the place promoting his new Disney film. He even handcuffed himself to David Letterman for TWO of Dave’s final shows. It was a funny gag, but is the film really that strong?

Many critics don’t think so, although it just may be the # 1 film of the long holiday weekend.  Tomorrowland is an interesting mix of futuristic fantasy and also nostalgia, intentionally coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Disneyland. The beginning of the film grabs you immediately, as we see Clooney’s character, as a young boy-genius at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Brad Bird directed and co-wrote the screenplay, as well as producing Tomorrowland. He actually turned down the director’s job of Star Wars: Episode  7 to do it. Clooney is an “imagineer” stumbling thru a futuristic utopian world with the help of newcomers, young Britt Robertson and even younger Raffey Cassidy.

Hugh Laurie (House), and singer Tim Mc Graw supply both good and evil to the mix. I will let you guess which one is the bad guy.   The CGI effects and look of the film are great. Clooney and the cast do an excellent job of wading thru an uneven script in their spirited quest to unearth the secrets of a place that may actually only exist in their minds. I too predict the film will do well, with Clooney and Sci-Fi fans eating it up.

Tomorrowland appears to be an optimistic effort. I just wish someone would explain it to me.

Watch the trailer for the film below.


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