Sci-fi in “Tomorrowland” makes a good point

Spoiler alert: The last scene in Tomorrowland shows a bunch of exuberant young robot communists in a wheat field. I’m not sharing that to spoil the movie, but to let readers know that they aren’t going to get the usual meaningless gizmos and doo-dads blowing up stuff, making noise, and distracting moviegoers from having a personal interaction with a good movie.

Okay, Disney did it and they’re not famous for getting anything said, but this time they score a good one for the good guys. I guess the tip-off was that George Clooney stars, and he often lends his great abilities to good causes.

For those who particularly like state-of-the-art computer graphic explosions and gimmicks, they’ll find plenty in Tomorrowland. They’ll also get to see some very funny verbal and visual humor. Nobody will sleep through this one.

It’s refreshing to see sci-fi used for something that isn’t dystopian. The future, as predicted in almost all the recent sci-fi, is awful. Actually, this movie starts out pretty much with the same premise. We’re all about to be killed by wars, floods, droughts, nuclear waste, famines, or obesity. Just about all the characters in the movie are convinced of it, and they assert, several times, that nearly all of us ordinary 21st century earthlings are resigned to disaster, too.

But not everybody.

Photo: Film still.


Directed by Brad Bird

George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Britt Robertson, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key

130 minutes