Happy Memorial Day weekend! The "official" start of the summer season has brought two new films to cinemas including George Clooney looking to the future in Disney's Tomorrowland and a Steven Spielberg classic getting a remake with Poltergeist.
Tomorrowland: Clooney stars as a former boy genius who has seen the future and desperately wants to get back to the fantastical place where dreams of a better world are within one's reach. Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) directs a screenplay co-written by Lost's Damon Lindelof that is loosely based on the dreams of the future by Walt Disney himself. Britt Robertson stars as a teenage girl who shares a youthful hope of the future as Clooney once did, and when she is given a magical pin with the logo for Tomorrowland on it, their fates will be intertwined.
As our Tomorrowland review pointed out, the film is fantastic to look at and is a marvel of science fiction and wonder. But it seems to raise more questions than it answers and in the end, feels a bit preachy. Although we agree with its message, a tale this wide in terms of scope probably would have been better served to try a little subtlety.
Poltergeist: Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt take over the roles that Craig T. Nelson and JoBeth Williams made famous in the early '80s Poltergeist from Spielberg. Initially Movie Fanatic thought this film would go down as another unnecessary remake. But, we actually found the scares enticing and the tale just as resonant as it was decades ago.
Our Poltergeist review goes into more detail, but let's just say this: Sometimes you can get surprised by the most unlikely of films and this horror flick is certainly surprising.
Feel like staying in this weekend? The number one movie of 2014 arrived on digital download this week. Watch American Sniper online and prepare to be moved.