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All Aboard for Tomorrowland
21 May 2015 2:00 AM, PDT
Brad Bird has given us the coolest movie of the year—if you share his youthful belief that the future was always supposed to be cool. That’s what I was taught to believe by such visionaries as Walt Disney, whose optimistic outlook is keenly felt in Tomorrowland. To be clear, director Bird and his co-writers, Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof, aren’t blind to the realities of modern life. They introduce cynicism and realism into their narrative in a way that Disney might have dodged. But ultimately they convey a message of hope that’s rare in contemporary cinema, where dystopian visions prevail. I think Walt would have approved of Bird’s alternate view. And I suspect he would have...
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- Leonard Maltin