Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland gets one thing right and practically everything else oppressively wrong. The "big idea" behind the film's premiss is that people are not motivated to change the world by constantly telling them that everything is horrible. People are more motivated by hope for the possibility of a better world. This is true, as any good political organizer will tell you. Unfortunately every conclusion the film draws from that nugget of truth is wildly off base. The film interprets "a better world" to mean one built by pure technological innovation. A technological innovation unfettered by the social and political systems that make up an actual society. A belief in the possibility of Disney style jetpacks and flying cars is not the kind of hope that people need to be motivated. An actual "better world" would consist of more equitable and more participatory social, political and economic systems and institutions. All of which this movie either actively ignores or treats with distain. Intentional or not there is also an undercurrent of Ayn Randian philosophy at play. Only a handful of the most "special" creative or intellectual human beings are chosen to visit Tomorrowland. A plot point that basically amounts to "going Galt."