Casey needs to find Frank. Athena needs to help. And Frank is now middle-aged and cynical because he was kicked out of Tomorrowland in his youth. Athena still holds a special place in his frustrated heart. This is why the film needs fabulous special effects and lots of action --- because the story is awkwardly written and directed. The studio obviously had make sure the film didn't come off like a Disney version of Lolita when modern day Frank sees little Athena. And this story is much too complicated a way to tell youngsters that global warming is bad. George Clooney keeps it grounded. He brings a certain world weariness to older Frank without making him sour. After all, this is a Disney feature. He's funny and fun to watch. The chase scenes are exciting and he knows how to make older Frank's scenes with Athena tender without seeming creepy. You can also tell that he believes in the ultimate message of the feature. Here's a trailer.
One Tomorrowland highlight is the very funny Keegan Michael-Key as Hugo.
For a Disney feature, Tomorrowland has some un-Disneylike violent images. What appears to be a child getting run over by a pickup truck on a highway...kids being shot at...dismembered body parts....we get that in Tomorrowland.
If anything, it's a commercial to inspire kids use their skills and talents to join Team Disney where anything's possible. But, if the company's consistent casting in big screen releases implies that young blondes get the spotlight and special treatment, can young girls of color really feel that anything's possible for them? They need to see a reflection of themselves in the spotlight as the special female.
Just a thought from a longtime Disney fan. Tomorrowland opens May 22nd.