I never got around to seeing Tomorrowland, but now that I’ve seen it (it’s on Netflix. Thanks, Netflix, for recommending that stupid Adam Sandler movie and not the thing I had to search for myself and ended up enjoying), I wish I’d seen it in theatres.
But better late than never. And it’s a good thing that I read this first because otherwise I might have come away a little annoyed with the politics. Three and I had wanted to talk about some of the politics in The Incredibles that made us uneasy, and compare it to Ratatouille which has a similar message but doesn’t make us uneasy, and also Rent which is the stupidest thing. We probably will do that eventually because we laugh about Rent like every other day, but for now there are more important things, like my being able to watch Tomorrowland and not feel like it was all about how ordinary people ruin everything for the ubermensches of the world, which is a little tiresome. Paul’s post helped because every time I got the old “uh oh here comes the Rand” feeling I could stop and remind myself to pay attention to who was saying the stuff I took issue with. And it was never Casey. Go figure.
This is good because I came away from the movie feeling like its purpose was a really important one. I remember watching The 11th Hour, which is a bit of a doom-and-gloomy documentary about impending environmental destruction (but still worth the watch) and my dad I guess overheard some of it. He came in and said, “You shouldn’t watch things like this, because there isn’t anything we can do and it’s just going to get you down.” I kept watching it, obviously, because at the time I was a dark teenager and I fed exclusively off of darkness. But it made me think. It was an enlightening moment for me – it got me started thinking about the ways we describe and explain the problems human society has created. I do think that as long as a thing offers a solution, it can be as doom-and-gloom as it wants, but if we’re not careful we end up with a society of people who have shut themselves off from the message because they have to, to take care of themselves. We can’t break people, offer no solution, and expect anything to change. And Tomorrowland gets that. And it’s important because President Trump. Sigh.
Anyway read Paul’s post and watch the movie.
Welcome toThe Mouse House Movie Club. Each week (or whenever I get the chance), I dig out a Disney film (either animated or live action) from my shelf, watch it and write about it in a blog much like (well, exactly like) the one you’re about to read. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s edition of The Mouse House Movie Club.
This week’s film: Tomorrowland, in which a brilliant woman saves the planet from a fear-mongering idiot. Sadly, life isn’t like the movies.
SPOILER ALERT: As this is a recent film (from 2015), here’s a spoiler warning. I will discuss Tomorrowland in depth from start to finish. So, if you haven’t seen the film and want to remain unspoiled, don’t read on.
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