Ages 11 and under
Male and Female
There’s a dull, dim, hideous tomorrow, brooding at the end of every day!
There’s a dull, dim, hideous tomorrow, and tomorrow is just a curse away!
Man has a scheme, now that’s the start.
He follows his scheme, with angst and heart.
And when it becomes a reality…
It’s a live nightmare, for you and me!
Oh, there’s a dull, dim, hideous tomorrow, brooding at the end of every day!
There’s a dull, dim, hideous tomorrow, just a scheme away!
Not only could this be the anthem of virtually every man and woman of high power in America today, but it seems to be the mindset of the entire cast and crew as they got to work on Tomorrowland, a live-action adaptation of the famed Disneyland attraction that once inspired generations with the concept of progress.
But now, it gets the Hollywood treatment in this mature PG-rated movie that features multiple uses of hell and d*mn, including blatant disrespect towards adults in favor of childhood freedom. Yet that’s just one part of this failure towards entertainment.
The so-called “hero” of this story is a teenage girl named Casey whose favorite leisure activity is sneaking out of the house to fly a helicopter into a NASA platform. She does go to jail for it, but has she learned her lesson? Well, once she is mysteriously given a T-marked pin that gives her visions when touched of a futuristic city, she takes a much deeper turn toward bad role-models toward kids. From there, she lies to her father when she leaves home to investigate the pin, steals a car, half-heartedly apologizes to her father on the phone, and faces absolutely no consequences for her actions.
The fact that she is a female lead may seem like it adds good gender equality, but don’t be fooled. She soon gets picked up by a robot girl who originally gave her the pin, and wants to use her to stop corruption in the future, or something. This robot girl has a British accent for no reason other than to sound cute, but she’s honestly the more tolerable of the bunch we’re forced to follow in this two hour-plus runtime. The most intolerable figure in this motion picture is the star thrown in for the sake of appealing to parents: George Clooney. His character is straight-up terrible right on paper: as a child he was a dumb inventor kid, then he grew up to be an unwilling dad figure we have all seen before, and done better. The clear distaste from Clooney about this film’s misguidance merely adds to the stereotypical mess he is cast as.
With a director like Brad Bird taking the helm of this project, you would think, “What could possibly go wrong?” For somebody who directed the quickly growing animated classic The Iron Giant and the Pixar artistic staples The Incredibles and Ratatouille, you’d think he’d be the perfect choice to direct a live action movie about the future. There are instances where he certainly exhausts his creative childlike fumes, particularly with how he creates the futuristic world of Tomorrowland with its zero gravity swimming pools, 3D video recorders, and human cyborgs. But I admit he goes way too far with his underground creation of this secret organization. Essentially their greatest governmental secret is hiding a rocket (yes, a rocket) in the Eiffel Tower. Not only does it make zero sense, but it’s also quite disrespectful to Paris’ history.
One last gripe I have with Tomorrowland is the amateurish way it attempts to get a supposedly important social message across to kids. Towards the beginning, a line of teachers speak up about climate change and its threat to our future; their lectures only stopped by students’ questions about what they will do about it. It sounds like a clever bash on the educational system, but it doesn’t work when this movie is also guilty of not finding a solution to our supposedly important issues.
In addition, by the third act, this film becomes a vigorous one-sided jackhammer with its social message, depicting the societal overseers as capitalists with irrational ideas on how to steer us toward a brighter tomorrow. It’s like that one person complaining on social media that somebody needs to do something about the cruelty in the world, and doing nothing else besides that.
I’m sorry Mr. Bird, I know you mean well, but if your so-called anticapitalist picture is filled with tributes to older and better properties, complete with a souvenir shop decorated with every classic sci-fi movie ever made, then you failed in your mission.
With a kid’s movie so concerned about where our future is going, then maybe now is a good time to acknowledge that we have to raise our children to take care of the earth, making it a better world due to good, moral character rather than preaching about shallow complaints. While this movie is not the right type of propaganda your child needs, there is still a necessity to teach your little ones to consider the future.
Especially for children on the autism spectrum, for they don’t always have an easy habit of considering things long-term.
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces, Lesson #2: Children with Autism Quickly Become Adults.
I for one have never been a definite expert in this sort of thing. Particularly in things such as vacations or moving into a new home or preparing for a school course, I considered little all the things that I would have to do going in. I would have a habit of merely going off to do something without much consideration as to what exactly it is I am going into. Part of it came from my own shallow forward-thinking, another I’d say came from the type of guidance I received from others.
It’s not to say I’m putting the blame on others for my lack of forward thinking, I’m just saying that the type of direction others can give me as to what’s expected of me can help significantly.
For example, if you are talking about visiting a friend’s house to your autistic child, instead of saying, “we’re going to see my friend this afternoon,” it’s better to be detailed and say, “we are going to see Jessica at 3:00 today, so be sure to dress nice in a button-up shirt and dress pants.” This type of extreme clarity helps a lot with the perspective of one with autism.
Anybody on the autism spectrum loves to know what will happen and when. We cannot always know exactly when something will happen and what it will consist of, as things always come up unexpected, but we can give them a clear heads-up as to what they should expect well in advance.
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces, Lesson #90: Giving Advanced Notice Helps Alleviate Stress.
Now, when we’re thinking things more long-term, it’s good to allow your autistic child to become familiar with the common patterns of life early on.
Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces, Lesson #8: Start Early and Involve the Family.
You may think that they age and learn like anybody else, but don’t be fooled. When I was in high school, I had no idea what all the major colleges were, or what I should even expect to come out of college life. This is common for those on the spectrum, and can be greatly helped by teaching at an early age about what to expect in the long-run of life.
- If your autistic child is still young, now is the time to start in preparing your child for life. Introduce him to what society expects of him entering adulthood, and what steps need to be taken in order to get him there.
- If your autistic child is grown and soon about to enter the workforce, direct him or her to resources that will help with job hunting and interviewing. My mom’s book Six-Word Lessons for Autism Friendly Workplaces is an excellent place to start.
- If you have autism yourself and struggle with forward thinking on things, online tutorials are always an excellent, tangible resource to get you started on things to think about when you are about to go to work, class, or move from one home to another.
If there is a specific movie you’d like to see reviewed, please email me at Trevor@TrevorsViewOnHollywood.com for your recommendations.
Have a great weekend, and happy watching!
Tomorrowland- Official Website. Web. <http://movies.disney.com/tomorrowland/L>.
Whalen, Andrew. Britt Robertson in Tomorrowland. Digital image. iDigital Times. IBT Media Inc., 22 Apr 2015. Web. <http://www.idigitaltimes.com/tomorrowland-movie-turns-violent-trailer-3-why-cant-wonder-impress-us-anymore-434807>.