Jim should be having a great time because he is about to spend the day at Disney World. While taking in the view from the balcony of his Contemporary Resort Hotel room he receives a phone call informing him that he is terminated from his job. Keeping this devastating news to himself he takes his family to the
including his cute-as-a-button daughter, oppositional son and shrewish wife. Magic Kingdom
Throughout the course of the day Jim begins to decompensate. Characters on the famous rides appear demonic and he becomes obsessed with two teenage French girls who he avidly stalks around the park. Along the way he hooks up with a “witch” who cryptically warns him about straying too far from his comfortable life. Once in EPCOT he is separated from his family, captured by corporate thugs and learns the dark secrets of Spaceship Earth.
Although not always cohesive Escape From Tomorrow seems to be tackling a few large themes. First, the story might be viewed as the ultimate midlife crisis. Director Randy Moore wisely sets his story in the “happiest place on Earth”. Jim seems to be re-evaluating his life. Losing his job strips him of part of his identity and his wife is portrayed as an unbearable, bitchy companion. Consequently he is tempted by the forbidden fruit of teenage girls while imbibing like a frat boy.
Escape From Tomorrow also seems to be a comment on Disney World itself. When you step into Disney World it is easy to forget that it is not real. Anything seems possible and everything is magical when you visit the Disney parks. In Escape From Tomorrow we see the dark underbelly of the “happiest place on Earth” and are reminded that beneath the “magic” is a corporation that constantly taps into the minds of its customers in order to manufacture future “fun” for the bottom line.
I love Disney World and most recently visited it 3 years ago with JSP and family. We stayed at the Contemporary Resort Hotel (the best place to stay because it is a 5 minute walk to the gates of the
and rode all the rides featured in the film.
I have some difficulty critically evaluating this movie because I’m
biased. It was a hoot just to see the
characters walk around places I’ve walked around and even go into gift shops
that I’m familiar with. Escape From
Tomorrow is a surreal trip that is worth taking. Magic Kingdom