Tomorrowland has so much going for it that you wonder, as you watch it stretch past the two-hour mark, why it isn't actually going anywhere—or anywhere you feel able to go with it, anyway. The director, Pixar genius Brad Bird, is a master of both digital animation (The Incredibles,Ratatouille) and complex live action (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol). The top-billed lead, George Clooney, is a star of well-established charm. And the script that Bird has fashioned with cowriter Damon Lindelof (Lost, alas) tells a cute sci-fi story with a bright shiny message of a sort not much heard in these days of dark movie dystopias.
All of which sounds perfect for this Disney film's target PG audience, and you can't help hoping it is. But the story is a little jumbled right from the start.