An off-putting subtext of Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland was one of the big flops of the summer last year, and a quite interesting movie.

There are some arguments about how it’s underrated. Matt Looker of gameradar had some insights on the message that we can make a better future for ourselves.

This is the kind of moral lesson that would usually have our eyes rolling out of our heads. But Bird and Lindelof articulate a very potent message of creativity, hard work and hope, and only the most cynical of viewers – those that feed the bad wolf, if you will – can scoff at that.

It’s undeniably impressive too that Tomorrowland gets this idea across in what is a rollicking adventure, and that the action sequences are as inventive as the ideals it advocates.

Tomorrowland is about greatness, and something that could bother critics is the subtext about how the people who make the film are also great. Which may be true, but people don’t want to be reminded of it.

Director Brad Bird made three great animated films with The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouiee. He is a great talent. As is writer Damon Lindelof, who has Lost and The Leftovers on his resume.

If the subtext is that the people making the film are great men, it turns their critics into the people who stood in the way of greatness. And that’s something they can’t abide.

About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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1 Response to An off-putting subtext of Tomorrowland

  1. Monika says:

    Hmm… I think I need to go and watch it after all! I’m intrigued… finally 😀

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