Is anything more dispiriting than a failed attempt at inspiration?
Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland opens with Spielbergian promise, full of mystery, awe and a childlike sense of adventure. At the 1964 World’s Fair, a self-possessed country boy named Frank Walker (played at age 12 by Thomas Robinson and later in life by George Clooney) shows off a homemade jet pack that he hopes will win him an inventor contest.
Alas, unlike young Buddy in Bird’s The Incredibles, whose rocket boots really worked, Frank’s jet pack isn’t quite ready for prime time. In any case, a hard-nosed judge (Hugh Laurie) is no more sympathetic to Frank than Mr. Incredible was to Buddy. How would his jet pack make the world a...READ MORE