There are so many movies around now that revolve around a dystopian future or cynical view of the ugliness that surrounds us in the world.
While I think it’s necessary to jolt people out of their comfort zone by exposing the problems in our society, most of these movies hardly ever show us a solution, and I quite often leave the cinema feeling disillusioned, thinking that all efforts to reduce worldsuck are pathetic and completely futile. All the complaining and finger-pointing about how terrible things are and who is responsible for it, well, I think that it accomplishes nothing except to add to the hate and negativity that is already out there.
If we want our society to improve, we have to act in whatever way we can, not just stand on a soapbox and scold.
It’s very rare to come across a movie that focusses on the possibility of making an effective, positive change to our world. Which is why Tomorrowland has got to be the best film that I watched last year. The movie brings a very important message: that it is possible to make a real and lasting difference to our society by finding out how things work and then persistently making efforts to improve humanity.
Everyday is the opportunity for a better tomorrow – Tomorrowland (2015)
Seriously, if you haven’t watched this movie yet, you really should, because it is awesome. After watching it, you should show it to your kids, because if there is any movie that galvanises a child to action, this is it. After watching this movie, J and Little E were ready to go out and change the world.
During this beautiful movie, a teenaged optimist and a mysterious young girl work together to drag a jaded, world-weary grownup out of his rut in order to save the world. The movie is chock-a-block full of thrilling action sequences, some of which involve instant disintegration so if you have a particularly sensitive child, it can be a little scary.
I felt a personal emotional connection to the characters in the film and their journey, and I am not ashamed to say that our entire family (the Barn Owl included) were in tears before the end!
The kids loved this movie so much that they even insisted on making it into the theme for their birthday party this year! More about this in another post, I promise.
The front of their birthday invitation card
For now, just enjoy the trailer – and watch the movie! You won’t regret it, honest.
P.S. Buyer’s note: We bought our copy of Tomorrowland from Amazon here.
Is there a movie, book or TV show that inspired you or your children to act positively to change society? Share it with me in the comments!