Another Disney movie inspired by one of their rides. I want to take bets on which is next – Mr. Toads Wild Ride or the tea cup ride. I had the same feeling watching this movie as the first time I experienced the Mad Tea Party ride at Disneyland – I wanted to vomit.
Disney’s latest live-action film is rated PG and the only ones that will like it are all under the age of 12. It makes it a little more perplexing as to why they have scenes like a child being run over by a truck.
The topic of saving the Earth can be done in an entertaining fashion. I’ve mentioned loving the movie Oh God before. They did it, with a message about the environment that didn’t come across as preachy as this anti-war, goof ball message did.
Frank Walker (George Clooney) plays a recluse that was once a child genius/inventor. Casey Newton (Britt Robertson of The Longest Ride) is the teenager who meets him and wants to know about a pin she has from the 1964 World’s Fair. When she touches it, it transports her to a futuristic world.
When Frank was a boy, he showed up at the fair with a homemade jet-pack that didn’t quite work. Hugh Laurie (House) is rude to him, and we realize he’ll be the villain. He has to be. He has that evil British accent.
Director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, The Iron Giant) has tackled live features before. He’s won a couple Oscars. Yet he disappointed us with Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. This is now his second feature that hasn’t worked. There are tonal and narrative shifts that the film just can’t recover from.
The movie has another problem. It’s void of humor, and has no sense of fun. Even the visuals are nothing all that interesting (aside from the swimming pools that hover in the sky).
The few times I almost cracked a smile, was seeing Keegan-Michael Key from Key and Peele, as a dreadlocked comic book store owner.
The choir score and various strings were also rather annoying. At least we had one scene where we got to hear The Black Keys as Casey rides her motorcycle to a NASA launch station.
This movie made me wish that Magic Mountain would start making movies instead of the Magic Kingdom.
This thing was a complete mess.
It gets 1 star out of 5.