Joining other cli fi movies in the nomination process:
CHLOE AND THEO, KINGSMAN, MAD MAX - FURY ROAD...and now TOMORROWLAND
How many [cli-fi] films of recent years have climaxed with anything other than massive conflict and conflagration? Whatever the number, Tomorrowland is one of the few to place far more emphasis on talk than action, which is what will probably contribute to what, for some, will make for a softer experience than the genre norm.Time Out:
‘Tomorrowland’ is singularly unafraid of weighty concepts, tackling climate change, our ongoing [cli-fi] fascination with the [Climapocalypse] and the very Disney-ish idea of being ‘special’. It does get dry (some scenes feel suspiciously like TED talks) and the script’s fleeting efforts to unpick its dubious Ayn Rand-ish central ideology are completely undermined by a clunky, flat-as-a-pancake finale. [OUCH!]Variety:
Clooney seems to have been cast as much for his leftist liberal credentials as for his Hollywood Global Village star power, and it’s a choice that can’t help but leave a somewhat smug aftertaste; he’s almost too fitting a spokesman for a cli-fi movie that urges humanity to end all wars, take responsibility for the environment, and foster a greater, more alert engagement with the world around us. All worthy and admirable objectives, to be sure, but they can’t help but feel like platitudes in the absence of an adventure that compels and sustains dramatic interest on its own terms. Even when delivered with the best intentions, a lecture is a wretched substitute for wonder.