Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland” has already screened for critics and has received decidedly mixed reviews so far. Criticisms have been targeted at the film’s problematic structure with both beloved filmmaker Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof coming under fire.
Lindelof of course has become something of a whipping boy in the geek/fanboy community for his work on “Lost,” “Prometheus” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” which themselves received mixed reviews and were criticised for their scripts. In a new interview with Vulture though, Lindelof effectively dismisses any criticism that has been or will be thrown at the film by geeks suggesting that they will enjoy it but won’t be able to admit it in order to score brownie points with their peers:
“There’s this great thing in all of us where we want to hope, we want to believe. But then what happens? We saw that hope with Obama’s first election … and then, with the second election, the cynicism sets in. We all want to be activated, but…it’s so easy to default back to cynicism. Which isn’t to say that you have to love everything – obviously, we have to open ourselves up to some level of criticism.
But when we all took this on, people were saying, ‘You can’t make an original movie anymore, and you certainly can’t make an interesting Disney movie. If you make a Disney movie named Tomorrowland, it’s gotta have Space Mountain, and you basically have to sell tickets to the amusement park.’
Now, I don’t want to start a war, but as a self-identified fanboy, I think that with this movie, it’s gonna be really hard for fanboys to say, ‘I really enjoyed this movie. It made me feel good’. God forbid you tweeted something like that! What would happen to you? You’d lose your readership! ‘You sold out!'”
The film’s star George Clooney agrees, saying: “Listen, we’re at sort of a cynical time in society. Don’t ever read comments on anything… Now you can just sit alone and say horrible things, and it becomes fashionable to be sh—y to people.”