‘Global warming shaming’: Why George Clooney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ will be a big fat flop

‘Global warming shaming’: Why George Clooney’s ‘Tomorrowland’ will be a big fat flop
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It’s Al Gore by way of Captain Planet, Disney-approved.

We’re introduced to a wide-eyed teenager named Casey (played by Britt Robertson), the daughter of a NASA engineer, who refuses to accept the end of the Space Race era, and the optimism and spirit it embodied. …

[Clooney’s] character is a crusty old man who passes his days staring at a bank of TV sets playing clips from 24-hour news stations detailing the disastrous state of our present: global warming, famine, wildfire, drought, climate change, endless war, endless disease.

A genius inventor in his own right, Clooney’s character fashioned a countdown clock, ticking away to the moment that these things—most of which are disasters of our making, consequences of our selfish behavior—will cause Armageddon.

Yes, in Tomorrowland, George Clooney is shaming us for causing the end of the world.

Of course, there are twists and turns that deepen this. As it turns out, Clooney’s…not as much the film’s hero as he is the one who needs to be saved—before he can help save the world.

To that regard, it’s Clooney’s character who is the stand-in for the audience, not, as it initially seemed, our gumptious young heroine, who is fueled on her pursuit to fix the world by her own personal jetpack of boundless optimism and limitless dreaming. …

When was the last time Transformers made you think about your carbon footprint?

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