Recently I want to see the movie Tomorrowland. I have heard mixed reviews on this film with one of the critiques being that it was "too hopeful", which perked my interest even more. SPOILER ALERT.
In this film, we learn that all the most creative, inventive, and intelligent people have found a way to travel to a parallel universe where they can create and invent without the distraction of politics and war. They have designed amazing things that we couldn’t even imagine, things of tomorrow, hence “Tomorrowland.”
George Clooney’s character, Frank Walker, is one of the creatives and he invents a way to see backwards and forwards into the past and future. In doing so, he discovers that the world is coming to an end soon, very soon.
We are then asked the question: “If you could be told with absolute certainty the day you would die, would you want to know?” An intriguing question for sure.
We learn later that Hugh Laurie’s character, David Nix, the leader of Tomorrowland has decided to show the world the oncoming destruction so that they might see it and change their ways. The problem is that when they see this, instead of doing everything to change it, they just accept it and continue on.
He then give us this speech: “When presented with the idea of certain destruction, do you know why people chose not to do anything to fix it, because certain destruction asks nothing of us TODAY. We are willing to accept destruction instead of running towards HOPE because hope takes change and hard work, and it is easier to just do nothing.”
I think that this is a great critique of our world. It is easier to just keep the status quo rather than to do something to change it.
But the movie doesn’t end there, there is one hopeful teen, Casey Newton, played by Britt Robertson, who isn’t willing to give up. She always hangs onto HOPE and does so in such a way that it inspires those around her, including Frank Walker. Through her hopeful spirit and the work of several others, they are able to change things and save the world.
It is through these HOPEFUL dreamers that are willing to do the hard work that things change.
I Wonder: When is a time that you ran towards HOPE and did the hard work? How can one inspire others to do the same and change the world?