We follow the story of young teenager, Casey Newton (Britt Robertson). After running into a spot of trouble with the law, Casey ends up spending an afternoon in prison, only to be bailed out by her dad (Tim McGraw). When getting back her stuff, Casey is given a mysterious pin that she doesn't own. The guard not wanting to take it back, Casey picks it up. Upon touching it, she's taken to a weird and magical world, except this world only appears when holding onto the pin and only she can see it. After her visit expires, Casey goes searching for the only person who knows what the hell she's going on about: Frank Walker (George Clooney). Together, they try to travel to Tomorrowland. And that's all you get. That's about as much of the plot as you need to know before seeing this movie.
It's not a perfect movie, and I'll get into why shortly, but it just made me happy. It's a constant delight for its entire two and a bit hour runtime and I can only imagine how much better it would've been to go see this film in IMAX. There's a constant sense of amazement and bewilderment as we're taken on this magical and visually stunning journey. Brad Bird can direct. He's shown us that with his previous films and he's shown us again with Tomorrowland. He knows how to make a damn good looking movie and there's not one film of his that I do not like. He brings the five year old in me out and I'm okay with that.
But the performances. Let's talk about those. The three leads, yes three, are all excellent. Britt Robertson is a nobody who just became a somebody. She's likeable, can actually act and brings humanity to her character, despite some lines of dialogue coming across as a bit un-human-y. Then there's George Clooney, and like always, he's brilliant. That man is incapable of giving a bad performance and Tomorrowland is not his falling point. Then finally, there's Raffey Cassidy, who's character I won't be discussing in that much detail. All I'll say is that she is excellent in her role and I hope to see more of her in other films too.
To sum up, Tomorrowland is a visually stunning movie with great performances and great direction. It manages to create a constant sense of awe and wonder, despite having a rather messy screenplay and a nonsensical ending.