I should begin by saying that Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorite places in all of Walt Disney World. While many concepts there may now seem somewhat outdated, I love it. The PeopleMover and Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress are must-dos for me on every trip. So needless to say when the strains of the Sherman Brother's "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" began to play just a few minutes into the movie, my little Disney-loving heart nearly burst.
I had middle-of-the-road expectations for Tomorrowland as I love the concept, director Brad Bird, and writer Damon Lindelof but was unsure of how they would come together. The film exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds and was a delightful way to spend 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Tomorrowland kept up a brisk pace and was surprisingly intense at times. George Clooney's gruffness was a pleasant contrast to Britt Robertson's earnestness, but it was Raffey Cassidy as Athena who really impressed me. I feel that they successfully captured Walt Disney's love of imagination and hope for the future while reminding us of where we are now. It's not about what we SHOULD be, it's what we COULD be. There IS a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day.